Random PoP Rant

I can’t stand texting. What the hell do people obsess about it for? You can’t convey emotion over a text and it is a pain in the ass to punch out all the damn words. But everyone loves it, even some of my friends who are generation x. Nobody uses the damn cell to talk anymore. I know I sound like I am 86 years old, but first we lost the art of letter writing and soon we are going to have lost the art of being able to speak on the damn phone. So explain to me the appeal of the text message. Because you don’t have to think? It is instantaneous? It requires no courage in certain circumstances? Or am I just completely out of it?

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  • For my friends and co-workers at Gallaudet it’s kind of useful!

  • Prince Of Petworth

    Oh man, that’s not fair.

  • for me, it cuts down on useless conversation and gets right to the point.
    its a time saver really. although there are tons of people whos waste time texting useless conversation. i guess its a paradox

  • PoP you definitely need to upgrade to a blackberry or Treo. Then you will understand

  • Wha r u tlkin bout? Txtin rlz! 🙂

    Embrce teh emoticon!



    Yeah…I have no idea what the hell I just said…

    But for serious, texting has its time and place, especially after a few libations. It’s damn near perfect then.

  • It is good for getting info across but not totally interrupting what the other person is doing. I hate talking on the phone.

    Plus, if you are somewhere loud, you have to text since talking on the phone is useless then.

  • Get a phone with T9 predictive texting (e.g. any Nokia; check out the Nokia N95 9GB for example – kicks iPhone ass) and its not a pain at all. Get with the times, PoP! 🙂

  • Texting definitely has its place. Its great for sending out a “come to happy hour” message to a large group of people, getting an address, or communicating in noisy places. My latest favorite is texting google for addresses, phone numbers, etc. For example, last night I wanted to see if Looking Glass Lounge would be open and serving til decently late, so I texted “Temperance Hall” (figured they would have the old name) and “Washington, DC” to google (466453) and got all the info I needed to call texted back to me for free in about 10 seconds.

    Agreed that T9 will change your perspective on all of this:)

  • I LOVE texting google! My friends say it never works for them but I swear by it. My favorite uses are for driving directions in a pinch, addresses, and phone numbers. But I’ve also gotten it to work for relatively real-time sox scores, the weather (but who really needs that?), gate arrival times and other airline stuff, and area businesses (ie, pizza 20009).

    So yeah, I agree that texting can be awesome in the right situation. But very often it replaces good phone chats which is a shame. But I have a feeling that even if I stopped texting google, those guys wouldn’t answer my calls.

  • quick, concise, less disruptive. unless of course you’re talking to someone who is also texting.

    my only complaint, is people who text when they shouldn’t. not they shouldn’t send certain messages, but when they text. during meetings while someone else is talking, during class, etc. just rude.

    I think it’s the rudeness of texting that gets to the PoP. He’s very proper.

  • I mentor a student who is of Salvadoran heritage, and her texts to me are very ghetto (“can we meet during da weekend,” “you welcome”). I don’t know what to make of this.

  • if this means it will cut down on hearing inane and/or what used to be called “private”conversations wayyyy back in the 20th century, then beautiful!!!

  • Actually had this debate with someone a little more old school than myself. My opinion..

    1) Bars, nightclubs, concerts, it’s the only way to communicate in a noisy place. And it’s a lot less rude than having a cell phone conversation at the bar.

    2) If you just need to impart information that requires no response, it’s way more efficient than a phone call. “On my way, be there in 20.”

    3) Use it instead of leaving a voice mail. Both are not interactive, and texting forces you to be concise. I still like to talk to people on the phone, but I rarely leave voice mails unless it’s something sort of personal. And I much prefer to GET a text than a voice mail – checking voicemail is a hassle!! Checking text messages requires a second.

    So instead of calling and saying “Hi, how ya doing, wanted to ask you something, blah blah, call me back”, just hang up and send a text that says “Call me.” I hate nothing more than the 2 minute long rambling voice mail that has no point other than “call me”.

    But the long text message conversations, not so much for me. But hey, whatever floats your boat.

  • love texting. it used to kill me when deciding to go to a movie with 3 friend required 16 phone calls. Also love texting google, do that all the time.

  • when i walk from the bus stop to my house in the evening, i count the number of cars in violatioin of the city’s cell phone law. on average, i observe about $500.00 eluding the city’s coffers.. i guess i am-as jamie said-“more old school”. but what is so urgent in
    everyone’s life?

  • My sis uses it to communicate with her two teenage boys. It’s much less embarrasing for them than getting a phone call from mom. My cell I have had forever, and I have to pay for text messages, so I get peeved when she automatically text me, too. I work with a deaf woman, who uses her Blackberry to receive messages. She can also use it like a notepad to converse with me in person. I did not know about texting google.

  • Texting does have its time and place, but unfortunately it’s permeated into everyday language now. The shorthand has made people forget how to spell and construct proper sentences. They think “you” is “u” and “should’ve” is “should of.” And besides that, it’s made people forget how to communicate with one another. Sad really.

    I mentor a student who is of Salvadoran heritage, and her texts to me are very ghetto (

  • I text under 2 circumstances:

    I’m in transit or waiting for the husband somewhere, and want to let him know where I am, but am not in a good place to call from (I HATE making calls on the bus, on the train, at a bar…)

    I’m trying to get in touch with my friend L (or K, or R – all same situation), who works nights. I work days. Leave her a text, and she gets back to me at a good time for her, and I don’t risk waking her up.

  • Useless conversation? Okay, lets just give up our larynax, since some don’t think it is necessary. Having conversations are one of the pleasures of life. How else are ideas and thoughts exchanged?

    Of course I can probably see Consumer’s point of view if the person is a hermit and never leaves his or her house and stays within the sheltered confines of the internet.

  • “Having conversations are one of the pleasures of life. How else are ideas and thoughts exchanged?”

    I agree entirely, but that doesn’t mean text messaging has no place. But you sound a little bit like the same luddites who used to hate email because it killed the art of letter writing. And look at all you SMS-haters, emailing and blogging away.

    It’s just another medium. Everyone can figure out how they like to use it. I really like it because it cuts down on the number of phone calls I get, when you’re really just trying to pass on a piece of information. Nothing drives me crazy more than the phone ringing all the time. But I still very much enjoy a conversation, and if that’s what I’m looking to have (versus simple practical matters) then I’ll make a phone call. Or (shudder) even have one in person!! Do we still do that?

  • To Golden Silence:

    I hate to be the grammar police on you, G.S., but, um, “should’ve” is short for “should have,” as in “You SHOULD HAVE paid more attention in high school English.”

    Zing! Sorry, but I *had* to say something…

  • WHOOPS! I need to check myself, before I wreck myself…

    I retract my last statement to GS. My burn backfired.

    I iz still learnin’ howz 2 read good.


  • I think Texting has its uses as well. God knows my wife sometimes feels like my crackberry is the third person in our marriage, but it is nice to leave the damn thing at home every once and a while!

  • My only problem with texting is that when my children send me a text message and I’m driving, I can’t read it. I much prefer a phone call. But if I’m not driving, I love them. But I do maintain correct spelling and syntax for the most part. I can’t help it; it’s my upbringing and professionalism. Plus, the reference to the above mentioned student who I assume was born here to Salvadoran immigrant parents. She probably has been going to neighborhood schools all her life interacting with mostly African American classmates, and her speech is compatible with theirs. But I don’t think texting is the forum for insisting on standard English conventions.

  • Overheard conversation in a restaurant last week:

    “When he broke up with me, he was like, ‘we can still text.'”

    Kids these days!!!!!!

  • Ah, shame on Toby! Blaming the black folks for ruining the Amurkin langauge.

    Black kids are not wholly responsible for the degradation of the english language. It is a part of today’s youth culture. I’ve worked with many a young, white college student, from predominately white communities in the south, with language skills that are horrendous. Most of them don’t know the differences between “your” and “you’re”,”their” and “they’re”, etc.

    I hope you don’t make this kind of “observation” within earshot of any black people as this would set you up for an ass-kicking (at least, a verbal one if not a physical one).

  • Guy Mondo is, as the Brits say, “spot on” . If one is to fully discuss the death of grammar in the U.S., you would also have to include those who indulge in what I have dubbed “simile speak”.. That is to say, like, people who, like, use like in every, like

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