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Texting: Evil or Good?
« on: October 21, 2016, 11:03:15 AM »
Texting: Evil or Good?
By Atty. Aleck Francis Lim

BusinessWeek magazine had reported that text messaging in our country is so unusual all over the world.

Over 6 billion texts messages are sent by Filipinos in the Philippines alone in a month, excluding the text messages sent by overseas workers to the country. This figure translates to a whooping 200 million texts circulating daily in every corner of the Philippine islands.

It’s amazing how we love to send text messages while the rest of the world prefer to call their friends and loved ones and rarely use the SMS service because it’s time-consuming.

For one thing, it is much cheaper to call than to text in other countries. And if we come to think of it, text does not offer the best way to relay the clearest message from one person to another. A phone call does, or a full-text email or a letter.

And this makes Globe and Smart a lot richer day by day. Globe’s and Smart’s amassing of profits somehow slowed down when the new market player, Sun, offered a non-stop, unlimited texting service.

It was such a beautiful package. With text unlimited, you can text until your fingers bleed. It’s like shopping until you drop, or an-eat-all-you-can allure. Who can’t resist that?

But one cannot text forever. As soon as you realize that texting eats up a lot of your time, texting time may also dwindles.

Here’s the marketing trick: if you buy a load for an unlimited text, chances are you may get tired of texting that in the end your load would not be fully used up.

This “tidal wave of texts,” as BusinessWeek puts it, is not about money at all.

Let’s talk about productivity and quality of communication. How many of us are interrupted in the middle of a very important activity when a text message arrives? And how many of us have to do a lot of typing on the phone keypad when our message is not often understood crystal clear at one sending?

This is not to mention the annoying interruptions that text does to a meeting, court hearing, church service, conference, or intimate talk. Then the interruption was not worth it because the text was all about a question on weather condition, “nag-unsa ka?”, or just a garbage gossip in town.

There are more than 30 million (and counting) mobile phone users in our country. It shows that 30 million people have to stop doing something every now and then when their phone beeps.

Well, what can we do? This is a personal option. No one can stop you from texting. You can do whatever you want to do in your cellphone. Some are using it for scam. And some can use it for cheating.

Okay, cheating. This reminds us of the nursing scandal.

As we have mentioned earlier, there are more than 6 billion texts circulating on the face of Philippine islands every month almost the same number of the total population of the whole planet.

Do you think the leakage of the nursing board exam had escaped in those 6 billion text messages? In two months, the texts would total 12 billion messages.

Of course, it is nearly impossible for a board passer to come forward and admit that he or she got an advanced tip on the exam.

And it is nearly impossible that the leakage was not nationwide. It only takes one send button for the whole world to know something, let alone for all nursing graduates to receive a tip.

Technology does a lot of wonder but some have refused to believe that for some personal reasons.

There is nothing wrong with texting as long as you use it for productive and ethical purposes.

As we reflect on the terrific number of text messages circulating everyday, may we start to evaluate our priorities. And may we realize that there is power in our mobile phones that can be wielded either for evil or for good.

Published on Oct 22, 2006 by The Bohol Standard Newspaper

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