NOW that texting is the communication of choice for millions you would think there would be a handbook to guide beginners and the terminally befuddled.
Instead, though, we all happily muddle through with a mixture of fantastic dexterity and clarity of thought or plodding fingertips and mental fog.
Most of us don’t even think too much about texting when we’re doing it – it just seems such a simple and swift way of getting in touch But a very funny cleric on Radio 2 the other day was talking about styles of texting which set me thinking.
In particular, he talked about the number of x-es we put or don’t put on texts. Now this is a difficult area. Putting a kiss on the end of any message these days is fairly acceptable unless you’re texting your boss or replying to HMRC. Mind you, the latter might be worth a try …..
So, what is your take on the X Factor? Do you use one x for friends and two for your partner or do you avoid the whole thing? It’s a dilemma and one worth considering – too many x-es and you might give completely the wrong impression.
If you are over 50, you may still have to work out some text language. The clever abbreviations are sometimes self-sabotaging as, by the time you’ve understood the meaning, you could have rung or even sent a pigeon.
I know that many people actually prefer text to any other form of communication (a fact that is turning many teens into silent souls who live through their phones) and there’s no denying its value. But then Morse Code was useful but we didn’t dot-dot and dash-dash to friends in casual conversation.
No. Keep the Joy of Text sensible – and we will all appreci8 it.