By Rebecca Todd
The Hendricks County Flyer
Fri Dec 07, 2012, 03:05 PM EST
"What's for dinner?"
It's the most common text I get. It comes from my youngest daughter on a daily basis. Sometimes she is in her room and I am in the kitchen when I get the text, because it would be too much trouble to actually walk into the kitchen and ask me in person. She would actually have to put her phone down and take her headphones out in order to hear my answer anyway. What a hassle.
You know how since texting began everything is so great? You know how since texting began, communication between family members has improved and teens have become more socially active?
Yeah, me neither. Texting has not only destroyed communication. It's become so addicting it's commonly considered a hazard.
Twenty years ago this week, texting reinvented communication. The first text message was sent by Neil Papworth. He sent the message from a computer terminal at an office Christmas party to a friend's cell phone. It read simply, "Merry Christmas." That's nice since he was at the party and could have walked up to the friend to say it. But the texting thing was way cooler and, you know, got his name remembered as the first texter. Good for him.
A fellow named Matti Makkonen holds the title of "father of SMS." He is the one who developed the technology he first conceived in 1984. He says he thought it would be useful for quick business communications.
By the way, Makkonen doesn't really like the attention and rarely gives interviews. I can't say that I blame him considering the way the whole thing has evolved, although he claims he's happy about how it all progressed. Now we can all say, "Merry Christmas," without actually talking to anyone. Good for him as well.
To me it's ironic that the first text message was a message that is commonly one of hope and happiness. Now we're stuck with something that looks more like "mry xmas;" because who has time to type it out, let alone walk up to someone and say it in person?
Most people now have smart phones that can perform a multitude of technological miracles. They can give you directions, play thousands of songs, shoot video complete with special effects, and play endless games. You can use them as a calendar, a calculator, and to check the weather, sports scores, and stock market. You can watch "Jersey Shore" if you missed the last episode, which would be a tragedy. You can also strap on a blue tooth and walk around looking like a moron talking to yourself. This is apparently handy for those trips to Walmart where it would be too cumbersome to use a phone while grabbing boxes of Hostess products that may soon be gone forever; another tragedy.
But most importantly you can text. No need to talk to people at all, just send them a message.
Personally, I hope I do not get any messages that say "mry xmas" this year. I do however, hope that I will hear it; spoken by a human voice in a face-to-face situation.
I hope I hear it a lot.
- Rebecca Todd is a freelance writer and the author of the book "What's the Point?" available at booklocker.com.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest U.S. fraternities and the deadliest, said Friday it will ban the initiation of recruits, citing the toll that hazing has taken on its newest members.
March 7, 2014
© 2014 Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. ·
CNHI Classified Advertising Network ·
CNHI News Service
Associated Press content © 2014. All rights reserved. AP content may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Our site is powered by Zope. Some parts of our site may require
you to download the Flash Player Plugin.
Terms and Conditions
Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN
8109 Kingston St., Suite 500