Am I the only one that thinks texting on cell phones is stupid?

United States
December 13, 2009 12:51pm CST
I just can't see it. If I want to text someone, I'll e-mail them from work or home. If I want to chat via text, I'll use one of the instant messenger services on line. Why text when you can just talk? I just don't get it. My child is 14 and even he doesn't get it. He'd rather talk on the phone or IM while playing games online. So, am I the only one that feels this way?
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26 responses
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
14 Dec 09
Well I know where you are coming from even though I dont agree entirely with you .I personally dont always indulge in texting but sometimes you are in a place where you dont have access to a computer and texting is the only place to chat .I personally prefer to use a Im because the small phone keyboard always give my fingers trouble and hence chatting by texting is always difficult
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
There are also places that it is convenient to text than call. if it is really important but not urgent then you can use texting inside the movie house or a church. At least you will not disturb other people listening or watching.
@merlinsorca (1122)
• United States
13 Dec 09
No, you're not the only one who thinks it's stupid. I feel the same way. There is no point to it, especially because it is more difficult to type while on the phone. If it were a keyboard then you can write a lot, but while texting it is hard to write and you are charged because of texting. In my opinion this form of communication is useless; if you have the phone you might as well call the person so you wouldn't have to wait for each others' responses.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Dec 09
I could not agree more, the lack of a keyboard on a phone makes texting just a pain.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
22 Dec 09
Some people say yes. others say it is an easier way to connect to people. I think it is just personal preference. I only text when someone texts me 1st. Texting also uses fewer of your phone minutes.
@linda1959 (110)
• United States
15 Dec 09
hello michelelw I am with you all the way. texting is stupid. my daughter inlaw was texting while driving. and almost hit a car. I hope they out law all texting while driving.when we was growning up we didn't have cell phone. why all the out brake of cell phone , to text. kids do it in school, and not doing there work. what is the world coming too next. have a nice day.
@rescarez (37)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
I agree with Downwindz..And texting is not stupid, you cannot talk all the time, have emails or chat..so during those times you can just text it and sometimes it is hard to say something by talking which is easy to text, you know what I mean =)
• India
14 Dec 09
Not Really...But Opinion Varies... For: 1. It saves a lot of money because it is not expensive. 2. you don't have to do a lot of needless/useless/crappy talking. instead you can send a 'To the Point' Text. 3. Use it for sending jokes and all that stuffs when bored. 4. You can say something that you are shy to say. Against: 1. You have to be sure, that the person you are sending text is aware of your SMS and not ignoring it. 2. Sometimes it becomes very addictive. 3. Anyone unwanted can check inbox. 4. Anyone unwanted can receive confidential SMS (example: Dad of the Girl when boy sending the text.) But it's not really stupid.
• United States
14 Dec 09
No I don't think it is stupid. I don't have a job were I sit behind a desk and get to use a computer. Also sometimes it is just a one statement comment to where making the phone call is a little pointless to make if I just want to say "honey pick up milk". And yes it does come in handy when you are in noisy areas.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
14 Dec 09
In my country the telephone companies charge you for the minutes you use when you make calls. But they don't charge any kind of service fees for making text messages. So that is why I think people just text a lot more than making calls on their cell phones.
@youless (99059)
• Guangzhou, China
14 Dec 09
I think it is different. Sometimes when you go out, and you can't have access to the internet by the computer, so you have to use your cellphone to send SMS. Because sometimes making a call may not be convenient for others. As it may be bothering. So at that time SMS is a good choice. I love China
@magic9 (981)
• China
14 Dec 09
I don't always think it stupid but sometimes when people keep sending me text messages with only very few words. like a "hi", and then I have to reply to it out of polite. and the idiot send another one since I reply, like what are you doing? and I reply, and the idiot would continue asking like this. In the end, I find after over five messages or more, I got nothing but climbing phone bill.
@DenverLC (1146)
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
Texting is not stupid in itself if you know your purpose why you are texting. It will become stupid only when it is not necessary, or it is abuse in its use.
@ZeroZiat (36)
• Uruguay
14 Dec 09
Depends, as someone else said, it's cheaper to text than to go calling around, I'm on a credit plan, so that means I gotta load up my cellphone everytime I run out of credits. So yeah, texting is cheaper, also some services are accessed by texting. IMHO, it's not as dumb as you think, but I could love without it.
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
14 Dec 09
I don't get the whole texting thing either. I have a tracfone because it just works for me. I'm not a big phone person. My daughter will text me if she needs a ride or something because it is cheaper to text . It takes me forever to respond back because I just don't text. I carry my tracfone for emergencies mainly and if one of my daughters needs to reach me and I'm not at home. Only a few select people have the #. I know that a lot of the kids do them in classes and while at work because they are not allowed to be on the phone and texting can be so discreet.
• Philippines
14 Dec 09
It is not stupid to use the sms feature of the phone. It depends on what situation you are in.
• India
14 Dec 09
hmm! text message on phone really irritate me, my friendz all send me text messages but i really dont reply them via phone, i would rather reply them through mail or free sms from NET, But only during festivals and occasions i do wishes them through SMS, and in other times i just call them..
@carmenvj (63)
• United States
14 Dec 09
Yes, I don't like it as well. I'm old school. I think this is the lazy way....I have a friend that is a teacher and she show me some of her students writing assignments. Some of them write their papers the way they text! Unbelievable......
@snafushe (794)
• Canada
14 Dec 09
I don't think textings stupid at all. When you don't have access to a computer, and you can't call the person, then texting is awesome. It's very mobile and on the go. Plus the texts get saved in your phone which can be useful later on, like if you need someone to text you a grocery list you need for the store.
@thezone (9451)
• Ireland
13 Dec 09
You are not alone, I hate texting and I would rather just call the person instead. The way i see it phones were not designed to type on, they so not have a proper keyboard and the predictive test is just a joke. Oh yeah did I mention, "all cell phones are evil"
@elisse27 (181)
• Philippines
13 Dec 09
I use sms when the people that I need to text are those who are ususally far from me... that's the best commmunication here in our country... we laso have some promos or unlimited texting so that it would not cost you that much to get in touch with you loved ones.
@olisaur (1931)
• United States
13 Dec 09
Texting is convinient because you can do it on-the-go; with out having to lug a laptop or something around. I think it can be more useful than making a call, especially when the person you want to talk to, or you are somewhere where you have to be quiet, like work or school.