What has SMS done to us?


Just as the people of the dystopian future might travel back in time to kill the inventor of Paper to solve the eco-damage inflicted by mankind (but if you could afford to invent a time machine, you could probably afford rebuild the eco-system, violent futuristic arseholes); I would argue that the people of the txt-spk future would probably come back to kill Matti Makonnen to revive the English language (assuming txt-spk hasn’t extended to other languages).

Gone were the days when you just pick up the phone at home to ring your best friend immediately stepping on a fly that made a splat in the shape of Italy to tell them all about it. Nowadays if I wanna call someone, I text them first just to make sure they’re actually free to talk. Afterall I don’t want to catch them in the middle of a blind date with a deaf person; shopping in Tesco’s for a 12-month contract mobile phone; or singing in the shower to their iPhone Spotify playlist.

Maybe I’m just too polite and gutless, but when my best friend rings me on a Friday afternoon when I’m in the middle of dinner, my immediate reaction is, “Go away, I’m eating!”, preceded by “Damnit, my crotch is vibrating!” and “Damnit, my crotch is still vibrating!!”

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One Response

  1. I disagree with this rubbish. If you want to speak to someone, regardless of whether it is just chit chat or something more substantial, you can just call them. That’s the whole point of a phone. It’s up to the person on the other end of the phone whether they choose to take that phone call. There’s absolutely no need to text before ringing; it’s a pointless exercise.

    As for the “too polite and gutless” rubbish, as I said, it’s your choice to take that call. You don’t have to. Why is it any harder than that? Don’t make up stupid systems for using a phone.

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