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Not Down With SMS…

Posted by lanktank on November 6, 2008

Technology is great. I’m a big fan. You name it; Bluetooth, iPods, VoIP, DVD, PVR, LAN, MMS…OCD and I encourage it. Granted, I don’t know what they all mean (I’ve noticed a lot of three letter acronyms?) or what they all do, but I’ve come to accept the growth of technology and I celebrate it. However, something I have always struggled to come to terms with is The SMS. I know, I know, The SMS has been around for years and we have all come to embrace it. Not me. I still seem to have a love-hate relationship with the whole SMS “way of life.”

Short Message Service (SMS) according to the wonders of Wikipedia is, “a communications protocol allowing the interchange of short text messages between mobile phone devices.” And it’s the SMS technology that has “facilitated the development and growth of text messaging.” That is my real issue: It’s not the SMS per se but it’s the text messaging or texting as ‘they’ say. What we here in SA call “SMSing is the thing that I can’t come to terms with.

Don’t get me wrong, it is very helpful. If I’m running late to meet a friend for lunch – I love the fact that I can quickly pop her a little text saying, “Be there in 10”. And then she can text back, saying “Make it 15”. If you need to cancel on a party invitation (which you never intended on going to anyway) without actually wanting to talk to the person, SMS is ideal for this. I mean, we all know how awkward those conversations can be. But it has also become a very cold and heartless way of dealing with people and an excuse not to make an effort when really, effort should be made.

For example, you’re out one night and you meet a guy. He’s cute and funny and he asks you for your number. After much speculation (or perhaps not) you give it to him and now, from that moment on, you’re in the agonising phase of “will he or won’t he call.” Read the rest of this entry »

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