Text messaging has changed the way we use cellphones forever. Texting is a much cheaper alternative to calling, because it is very cheap for phone companies to process text messages. It also improves the battery life of cellphones, since sending and receiving text messages uses much less power than making calls. However, texting has also developed a negative side as it has grown in popularity.
Text messaging has redefined where and when individuals can contact each other using their cellphones. Calling someone requires undivided attention from both users. Texting however, can be preformed while doing almost anything. People text in class, while watching TV, in the car or at the supermarket… Some people even text on the toilet!
The reasons why one individual contacts another has also changed, thanks to text messaging. Before texting took off, cellular contact between two people would only be made if there was something of importance to discuss. Today however, people text each other just for the sake of it. As well as wasting time, obsessive texting can also become physically dangerous. For example, if someone is texting while walking home, they could cross the road with their eyes still glued on their phone. Even if there is a pedestrian crossing, doing this is potentially fatal.
You can also obtain thumb arthritis from obsessive texting. However this is usually only a problem with cellphone buttons that need to be pressed heavily. Touchscreen phones are generally better, because only a light tap is required to preform a function. To minimize the chances of developing thumb arthritis, try to use both of your thumbs when texting.
As mobile devices are being used more heavily these days, there is growing concern over the radiation being emitted by them. This is not only a problem with texting, but calling and browsing the mobile web too. Cellphones emit radiation even when they are on standby, so having one in your pocket all day every day could prove to be a long term health hazard. As texting requires the user to have their cellphone on standby for long periods of time, (to receive incoming text messages) radiation health hazards can be linked to texting.
A minority of teenagers in the world send staggering amounts of text messages each month. Some send up to 15,000! You’d think that most of these people would be boys, since they are generally more into technology. However, most obsessive text messaging is preformed by teenage girls. The average teenage girl sends over twice as many texts as the average teenage boy, which is quite staggering!
In conclusion, I feel that text messaging is a very useful innovation, but it is potentially dangerous if it becomes obsessive.