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December 7, 2012

The text heard 'round the world'

(Continued)

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.

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