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post #46 of 101
Do people use proper grammar and spelling in text messages, or is that atrocious one letter stuff?
post #47 of 101
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
Do people use proper grammar and spelling in text messages, or is that atrocious one letter stuff?

I always use full punctuation and correct spelling in text messages. It helps that my mobile has a full QWERTY keyboard.

Text messaging is a way of life here in the Philippines, where it's been popular since the late '90s. I think we may still be the SMS capital of the world.
post #48 of 101
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Originally Posted by michaeljkrell View Post
MBFF = Marlon Brando's Favorite Fudgsicle

I thought MBFFF = My Best Friend Fred Flintstone?

p.s. I received my first text a couple of months ago. I agree that it a completely retarded way of communicating, and more annoying than video games....
post #49 of 101
There are some 90-year olds who are still crying about e-mail replacing hand-written letters.

Sometimes you just have to accept technology.
post #50 of 101
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Originally Posted by Tarmac View Post
There are some 90-year olds who are still crying about e-mail replacing hand-written letters. Sometimes you just have to accept technology.
It isn't a matter of accepting technology; I think texting is a great invention and it definitely has its place. It's a matter of people abusing technology. If in the middle of a conversation, I picked up my phone and started talking to whoever called me, cutting you off mid-sentence and ignoring you, you'd think I was rude, and rightfully so. So why do so many people think it's perfectly acceptable to text away when you're talking to someone? And don't get me started on people who text in the middle of classes. You're not discreet, everyone knows what you're doing.
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Originally Posted by LabelKing View Post
Do people use proper grammar and spelling in text messages, or is that atrocious one letter stuff?
I use proper grammar and spelling, but then again I'm a huge stickler for those sorts of things so I may not be the best example of the general population.
post #51 of 101
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Originally Posted by Joshua Arson View Post
If in the middle of a conversation, I picked up my phone and started talking to whoever called me, cutting you off mid-sentence and ignoring you, you'd think I was rude, and rightfully so. So why do so many people think it's perfectly acceptable to text away when you're talking to someone?

You could be sitting in someone's living room talking to them, when their land line rings and they answer it. Rudeness has existed for our entire lifetimes.
post #52 of 101
There are times when texts are invaluable. When you're in a noisy bar/club/concert and your friends are trying to find you, or are going to meet you, for example. Or when you just have a quick question that doesn't require an entire conversation, and that they can safely answer at their leisure. Come on, you know you have that friend who wants to have a twenty minute conversation about absolutely nothing EVERY TIME you call him (or, let's be honest, her). This way you don't have to endure that when all you needed was a quick answer in the first place.

Also useful during sporting events. Sitting on the phone with your father for two hours during a basketball game, long silences and all: weird and awkward. Texting "Did you see that crossover?!": a quick and painless moment in father/son bonding.
post #53 of 101
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Originally Posted by tiecollector View Post
I love text messages for most things. No small talk needed and you have a record of things, which can be useful for directions, etc. Sometimes it doesn't make sense to text someone though. I hate it when people have text conversations like: "Jigga where you at?" "what?" "holla!" "oh." "turn right" "where?" "where you at?" Basically, I use whatever will make my life easier. Both voice and text can live in harmony.
So, basically, you hate all the underliterate high-schoolers with their Sidekicks. Which is cool - they're pretty fucking dumb. Side note - what is up with black highschoolers and Sidekicks??
post #54 of 101
Texting is extremely gay and retarded. It's not "new technology" or whatever excuse you anti-social texting monkeys are using to justify not having to communicate like a normal human being. Humans never evolved to communicate with each other over a tiny keyboard on a cell phone, it's just not healthy not to mention its very easily abused. The only way people should be interacting with each other is in person. Over the phone if distance is an issue. I can understand the usefulness of texting for addresses, instructions, and logistics but when it becomes the preferred method of communication you get into an unhealthy zone. When it replaces normal verbal conversations with your parents that's even worse.

Hearing about people who don't respond to voicemail but will respond to a text message instantly is just disturbing. I'm glad I don't have any friends like that. Christ almighty, that's beyond retarded.

This is the best thing I've ever seen about texting...

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post #55 of 101
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Originally Posted by lance konami View Post
Humans never evolved to communicate with each other over a tiny keyboard on a cell phone, it's just not healthy not to mention its very easily abused.

I can't decide if this is intentional self-parody or not. Help me out.
post #56 of 101
Rebelling against texting is cool.
post #57 of 101
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster View Post
I can't decide if this is intentional self-parody or not. Help me out.

I'm referring to actual real life friendships, or real life relationships with the opposite sex. Not posting on interweb bulletin boards.
post #58 of 101
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Originally Posted by lance konami View Post
I'm referring to actual real life friendships, or real life relationships with the opposite sex. Not posting on interweb bulletin boards.
Okay, so take a couple of my examples: 1) You're at a very noisy bar with a couple friends. The only reason you can tell your phone's going off, over the sound of the (live) music, is because your cell's on vibrate. It's another friend, texting to ask where to meet you. What is wrong with texting him the name of the bar? "We didn't evolve to text" is not an acceptable answer and will garner you no credit. 2) You're watching the NBA playoffs. Because you and your father are not women, you don't feel the need to watch the entire thing with the phone to your ear the whole time, and what would you talk about for three hours anyway? Plus, you're trying to watch the game, yes? But you're both rooting for the Lakers and you each know the other is watching. You live about 3,000 miles away from each other. Kobe hits a fantastic turnaround fadeaway from twenty feet which he probably shouldn't have taken in the first place, but damn that was pretty. What is wrong with texting your father, "I can't believe he hit that!"?
post #59 of 101
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster View Post
Okay, so take a couple of my examples:

1) You're at a very noisy bar with a couple friends. The only reason you can tell your phone's going off, over the sound of the (live) music, is because your cell's on vibrate. It's another friend, texting to ask where to meet you. What is wrong with texting him the name of the bar? "We didn't evolve to text" is not an acceptable answer and will garner you no credit.

That's fine. See the part where I wrote "I can understand the usefulness of texting for addresses, instructions, and logistics"

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2) You're watching the NBA playoffs. Because you and your father are not women, you don't feel the need to watch the entire thing with the phone to your ear the whole time, and what would you talk about for three hours anyway? Plus, you're trying to watch the game, yes? But you're both rooting for the Lakers and you each know the other is watching. You live about 3,000 miles away from each other. Kobe hits a fantastic turnaround fadeaway from twenty feet which he probably shouldn't have taken in the first place, but damn that was pretty. What is wrong with texting your father, "I can't believe he hit that!"?

There's just something very wrong to me about "texting" your father. You're essentially saying, "I don't really want to talk to you, so I'm going to send you a text message." But whatever works for you.
post #60 of 101
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Originally Posted by lance konami View Post
There's just something very wrong to me about "texting" your father. You're essentially saying, "I don't really want to talk to you, so I'm going to send you a text message." But whatever works for you.
It doesn't seem weird to you to dial up your dad, say, "Hey, nice shot by Kobe", have him say "Yeah!", then go, "uh... okay, bye." And to probably do this a good twenty times during the game? EDIT: And actually, he started texting me. I would never have thought of it, but it was kinda nice. I now see the virtue in it.
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