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Subject: Re: spam text? Date: 1/31/2013 9:14 AM
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What is sad is to see the willingness with which adults pi$$ away their views and values just to maintain contact/strokes from their silly childish "friends".

I'm not a big fan of texting. I have a prepaid phone that makes it very difficult to text, so I don't usually send them, although occasionally people will send them to me. However, methods of communication change, and there will come a point when people will have to change. I'm not sure texting is one of those things that everyone will start to use, or whether it's just a fad - it's hard to tell at this point. But sometimes change happens whether you want it to or not.

I remember back in the 1980's and 1990's, answering machines were new. I was a busy student and I wasn't home very much. But I had elderly relatives who hated answering machines. They would call, and shout at the answering machine, "WHY DO YOU HAVE THIS THING I HATE IT" and then hang up. When I did call them, they would yell at me for using one. (When I asked them whether they'd rather have the phone just ring and ring, they said yes - that was the way it used to be and they liked it better. And besides, I should be home more and stop galivanting around.) But it didn't stop me from using my answering machine - it just made me less likely to call them back. And over time, they got used to it. They might not like the answering machine but they learned eventually that it was here to stay.

You might say, answering machines served a genuine need and texting doesn't. But that's your opinion. Many people think texting works better for them. I don't think saying "you crazy kids with your silly texting" is going to stop them any more than my great aunt yelling at the answering machine stopped me.

Karen
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