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Old 04-15-2011, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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I am a fogey in my late 40s but have finally acquiesced to "texting" since I have younger friends who contact me that way, I don't want to be one of those old folks who eschews technology that is clearly here to stay (I still remember my mother getting so frustrated back in the '80s when answering machines first came along. She would SLAM down the phone and decry "I am not talking to a damn MACHINE!" Now, of course, we get irritated if someone's voicemail or answering machine is NOT turned on.)

So, I finally traded in my fossil of a cell phone that could make calls and that was it, for one with a texting keypad. Even still, I insist on using capitalization, though it is decidedly a pain, and in spelling out "you" and "for" (though I do use some shortcuts such as "ppl" or initial letters for a person's name if they've already been named, i.e. "Bill, Jim, and I will be there, but B has to leave early")

My real irritation is when I send a long, thought-out email to someone, addressing many points (I am on a couple of boards and am an officer in another organization, and of course much business is done via email) and the response I get is a one line, all lowercase, no punctuation jumble with "Sent from my iPhone" at the bottom. Do people not even sit down at a computer to answer email anymore? Usually they haven't begun to answer the issues I asked, so I have to write back with a clarification, get another snippet, etc., etc., etc.

Unfortunately I am still young enough that I guess I will see the day when even this kind of communication will be seen as "square and outdated"!
You ought to try texting on a rotary phone, that get's frustrating.
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Old 04-15-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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You ought to try texting on a rotary phone, that get's frustrating.
Another new 'convention' in writing seem's to be the insertion of apostrophe's in word's where they dont belong.
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