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How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?

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over 100
  282 votes / 1%
I'm texting now
  388 votes / 1%
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How Many Text Messages Do You Send a Day?

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  • Zero! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by stillnotelf (1476907) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @12:37PM (#42727399)
    I won't send text messages at all. The rates are ridiculous. They're marginally free for the phone companies, since they fit them into the "hey, phone, where are you?" packets that the network is sending anyway. Send me an email instead, an email that reads "Sorry, I'm getting off your lawn!"
  • rip off. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AntEater (16627) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @12:57PM (#42727763) Homepage

    I'm sure I'm getting old and all that but I just can't get into texting. Mostly this is due to the fact that I don't own a cell phone. If I did own one, I would still find the concept of paying for texting offensive. The data rates put the cost per megabyte somewhere around the same rates as buying Winchester disk storage in the early 1980s. The worst part is that the true cost for the service provider is effectively nothing - texting plans are about as close to 100% profit as anything ever put on the market. Even if you got unlimited texting for "free" as part of your plan, it's part of the product that they charging you for.

  • Re:Age Gap (Score:5, Insightful)

    by freeweed (309734) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @03:14PM (#42729837)

    Or, smart enough to realize that almost anything that can be said in 160 characters or less, really isn't worth saying at all.

    "Hey, do you wanna to go camping this weekend?"

    "Shit, I'm gonna be a few minutes late for our meeting"

    Or even something as simple as "Happy Birthday!".

    Yeah, I can't possibly think of any use for a communication medium that is terse.

    I swear, I'm as much of an old grumpy fuck as the next Slashdotter - but even I recognize something that's ubiquitous, simple, and damned handy. Email is more involved, calling has its own issues (not everyone is free to engage in a call every second of the day), IM is nowhere near standardized...

    Gimme SMS text for making plans with people or blasting off quick info, thanks. It's one of the best technologies invented in terms of "it just works". Well, presuming most people have cellphones (insert a bunch of comments below about how you don't own a TV either, and we may have another Onion article on our hands).

    Contrary to what some kids seem to think these days, SMS texting is not Twitter. I'm not sending "I'm taking a dump!" to my friends through SMS (although perhaps I should...).

  • Re:Missing option (Score:5, Insightful)

    by pla (258480) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @04:27PM (#42730779) Journal
    If you interrupt what I'm doing, when you don't even know what I'm doing, it had better be important.

    Let me get this straight:
    You have chosen to carry a communications device, on which anyone from your mother to your coworker to a telemarketer could call you at any time...
    You have chosen not to turn this device off or even silence it...
    You have chosen to take a call in the physical presence of someone else in a context you admit counts as impolite...

    ...And you would consider it "rude" that someone would rather talk to a friend for 30 seconds than annoy everyone around both of you with 10 round trips of "yeah not a ringtone but still annoying" bleeps?

    I take it back - I shouldn't have closed that "cranky old man" tag. I clearly don't understand what passes for "polite" among those damned kids on my lawn. ;)

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