Send A Text – Not

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Published on February 23, 2010

Once again I was at a business event where it was recommended that we send a text message to business contacts. In fact, the story was told that one business person requested that a text message be sent to him while he was in the middle of a business meeting. And why did everyone think this was a good idea? In any and every given situation, it is acceptable to check for and respond to a text message.

Phone texting is in. I am amazed at the thumb dexterity of those that do text. Perhaps part of the fascination with texting is attaining mastery over the keyboard. It is apparently quick and efficient for the expert texters to communicate.

In the state of Georgia, legislation is being considered to ban texting while driving. (While they are at it, they should also limit cell phone use while driving.) And the anti-texting law would apply to all drivers, not just teenagers. I am amazed that any adult would think it’s a good idea to text and drive. A couple of people operating public transit trains were fired for texting on the job. Keep your eyes on the road! Have we all gone crazy?

Anyone else over 50 who doesn’t even know how to text message?

I have never sent a text message. I do have a cell phone. And, I have received text messages. But I was delighted to find out that I could turn the text message feature off. If a text message was free, it would be one thing. But the cell phone, blackberry, iphone and other device providers, have those pesky little charges for text messages. Charges for something that was of no value. It was a cost benefit decision for me.

Are there good uses for Texting?

I’ve heard someone saying that the elderly could text for help in a crisis. Not sure it’s feasible for the senior population to text. I’m a long ways from being elderly, but I don’t text. And, in a crisis situation, you’re only likely to do something that you’re totally comfortable with. So, probably not a good use for texting.

Then there is the earthquake tragedy in Haiti. That is a good use of texting.

Wyclef Jean, a musician from Haiti, has arranged for

  • $5 donations to be made by texting “YELE” to 501501 or a
  • $10 donation by texting “HAITI” to 501501.
  • $10 donations can also be made to the Red Cross by texting “HAITI” to 90999.

Not sure how this works, but I assume the cell phone companies will make the donation and add the charge to your cell phone bill.

I’m not ready to turn the texting capability back on my cell phone yet. We’ll see what develops.

Sandra Noble

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