Yes, folks, I'm one of the last to learn the seemingly innate skill (at least among young people) of Texting. I'm a person whose life does not revolve around my cell phone, and although I carry one for emergencies, I often don't even turn it on unless I need it.
But I noticed a strange phenomena. Texting was becoming a new language. I've met quite a few people lately with an intense aversion to actually speaking on their cell phones, and in fact, will not even answer a call from a number they don't recognize. Oh, how paranoid we've all become. Texting (which can be identified, and answered or replied to when it is convenient) has become the language of choice among a large segment of our population. And I found that by not learning to text, I was not in on the conversation.
Of course, I carried an antiquated cell phone with no texting package. So I hopped right over to my cellular carrier and got a new, upgraded (yes, I know it's not a really cool phone, and not a smart phone - don't laugh) phone with a QWERTY keyboard. Similar to this one:
So with my new slide-out keyboard (I can't do the touch screen function very well) I am learning to text. With two thumbs.
I feel so . . . so modern!!
But more than that, I can see the advantages that texting has to conversation. I can text someone a short message when they are at work or at a party, when I wouldn't dare risk a phone call. It's a non-obtrusive method of getting in touch with someone.
So pat me on the shoulder for learning a new skill - one that many of you already take for granted. Yeah, never say never. Believe it or not, though, I can't let myself make grammatical mistakes on the darn thing. I still have do search to find the darn comma, apostrophe, and period. Seriously.
So tell me, do YOU text??