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Five Benefits of Text Messaging in Modern Society

The benefits of using text messaging rather than talking on your cell phone.

If you go just about anywhere anymore, you will most likely see someone staring at their phone, clutching it with two hands, both thumbs tapping quickly on the keypad. Text messaging is a worldwide phenomenon that involves people of all walks of life; young and old alike are jumping on the text train.

Whereas a few years ago, one would see (or hear, rather) people obnoxiously talking away on their cell phone, nowadays it is much more common to witness someone texting rather than talking. Texting definitely has its benefits; some of these benefits are listed below.

Time Saver

Text messaging is fantastic for those who don’t have time to carry on a full-fledged conversation. A simple “be there soon” or a “can’t talk” gets the message across quickly and succinctly. There is a very finite amount of space with which to write, so word economy is of the utmost importance. Conversations can occur when there is actually time to have one, if one so chooses.

More Minutes = More Money

Using your phone’s text message feature, rather than using your cell phone minutes is another benefit of texting. Cell phone plans can be reasonable, but with additional minutes costing as much as forty cents apiece, texting is an affordable alternative. Additionally, changing plans to add more minutes can mean an increased contract length, pinning you down for one to two more years.

Discretion

Texting can be a discreet mode of communication, especially when you are in situations where phone calls are inappropriate. Shooting a quick text during a meeting or from your cubicle at the office is much less intrusive than talking on the phone or in person. Of course, this can also be viewed by some as inappropriate and rude, but it is a great tool to have at your disposal when necessary.

Not a Harsh Interruption

We’ve all been there. You are in a meeting or at the movie theater, and either your phone or someone else’s phone starts ringing. It is embarrassing to the phone’s owner and annoying to those who are nearby. Most phones can be set at vibrate or silent, and setting your text messaging feature to vibrate ensures that you will not be embarrassed or annoy anyone.

Talk Ain’t Cheap

Those who believe talk is cheap haven’t been interrupted at a pivotal moment in their day to have to shift gears and wrap their head around someone else’s thoughts and conversational topics. Text messaging eliminates the need to carry on a long-winded conversation, and frees you up to get on with your life.

Of course, if you like talking or want to talk, texting won’t do the trick. Sometimes you have to talk. Many people now, however, have a “text before you talk” policy when it comes to their cell phone. It is preferable to see if someone can talk before you interrupt their day, especially if it’s just for a little thing. Time is precious these days, especially with technology constantly raising the bar for productivity standards. Try texting if you haven’t; you just might like it.

See more advantages and benefits of text messaging here.

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  2. anonymous

    On May 7, 2008 at 8:36 pm


    nice i like it. itll prove my mom i need it and that it has its benefits :)

  3. Someone

    On June 25, 2008 at 7:58 pm


    Yeah. This will help me convince my parents in letting me text. You know, there pretty hard to convince, and this might do the trick :)

  4. great

    On July 12, 2008 at 1:55 pm


    im writing a paper and this will come in handy (to convince my mom)

  5. Darlene

    On November 12, 2008 at 4:35 pm


    I have been wanting texting for about 6 months now. I am getting it put on my phone for Christmas. But, this will come in handy making SURE my parents see the benefits of texting. :)

  6. brittney

    On February 4, 2009 at 8:27 am


    texting is taking over society. it takes away from the one on one conversations people used to have.

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    On March 5, 2009 at 10:29 am


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  9. 21st Century Breakdown

    On March 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm


    how many relationships are ruined because of guy/girl still text an ex? TONS

    i always see my sister text her boyfriend constantly. they fight over text, have conversations over text…

    ITS NOT REAL !!

    Its taking thought to text, eliminating actual communication like verbal which is far more stimulating and real!

    we’re becoming a generation of emotionally retarded teens. no verbal skills because it’s being cut out of our lives on a day to day basis.

  10. sam

    On April 7, 2009 at 4:00 pm


    omg ty for the info my parents will agree now, not easy to confience, yet again ty ur da bomb

  11. david

    On October 18, 2010 at 11:05 am


    i think texting is the biggest waste of time! if u wanna talk to them talk to their face!

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  13. bdmsbva

    On January 17, 2011 at 10:48 pm


    I like texting!

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