What if Text Messaging Came First?

December 6, 2012

Off Topic Friday

One of my favorite technology writers posted a theory on the web a few years back that has stuck with me ever since. A quick search on my part didn’t yield the article unfortunately, but it went something like this:Texting

Consider a couple of fairly recent inventions, and reverse their introduction to the market. 

So let’s think about this for a moment. I think it’s fair to say the telephone came long before the text message, right? For as long as I’ve been on this planet people have primarily communicated with one another via telephone; until recently. We’re now a nation of “Tommy Texter’s”.  So let’s use my tech writer’s theory and reverse the two inventions. Let’s pretend for a moment texting was invented first, and the telephone was a relatively new invention. I can hear the rave reviews now.

“I’ll call you tonight when I get home. It’ll be so nice to hear your voice and not have to stare down at my phone for an hour while talking to you”.

I’m not saying texting is all bad. It’s a very convenient way to shoot a friend a quick message or relay information such as a how close you are to a meeting place. Having said that, I think we’re overdoing it with texting plans. If you don’t believe me, take a walk around a college or university campus the next time you get a chance.

You may think I’m crazy or old fashioned, and that’s fine…but consider this. This post was inspired by something I saw in person recently; a university student who was texting someone who happened to walk right into the light post that was beside me. When you start walking into posts or out into traffic, there’s an issue. Just think…there’s an amazing new invention that let’s you talk without using your hands. It’s called the telephone.

Oh, and the last time I checked, there was no autocorrect on a voice call either.

Far be it from me to tell you how to use your phone. I just wanted you to consider for a moment how backwards we sometimes have it.

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