Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Text Fight

Text messaging is a great technology. You can communicate instantly with friends and family and avoid long, annoying phone conversations and games of phone tag. I love it. It's very convenient and I use it all the time. 

BUT, among other misunderstandings and abuses (see, e.g.,: Anthony Weiner a.k.a. "Carlos Danger"), the advent of texting has predictably given rise to its frequent use in pointless fighting. These fights can occur between anyone, but they seem to happen a lot between adults who are jointly raising children or trying to manage the sinking non-profit known as a household. Here's an example. (Names have been redacted to protect the innocent):




Someone is 3,000 miles away on a business or leisure trip, for example, and therefore can't make the car start, despite receiving an angry text informing them that it won't. Or someone has custody of the children while the other person is at work or otherwise indisposed, and therefore cannot help modify the children's behavior. Someone has committed an irreversible error, say, by writing on a piece of "art" mistaken for scrap paper and cannot undo it, despite receiving a text scolding them for their malfeasance. 

But as he did with everything, Steve Jobs anticipated this problem and devised a partial solution. It's called swipe/delete. And if you can use swipe/delete instead of indulging in the pointless text fight, you get a lot farther and you end up lots happier. 

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