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Texting has been around for a while now but it has started becoming very popular and trendy over the last several years. In 2005 I purchased my first cell phone a Boost Mobile/ Walkie Talkie Phone. I was able to send text messages but never did. Being a prepaid phone it was expensive and I preferred for every bit of my time to go towards and actual conversation.
However once phone companies started offering plans of unlimited texting, texting became very popular. I can appreciate the fact of how convenient texting is. It’s a great way for people to communicate quickly and quietly. Texting is a accommodating device to use when transferring information, directions, and other helpful things. On the other hand there are cases of the negative effects texting can cause people.
I watched a television program on MTV about two young ladies who considered their selves textaholics. (http://www.mtv.com/videos/true-life-im-a-textaholic/1672744/playlist.jhtml, True Life: I am a Textaholic, October 2011) One young lady was a senior with the dream of playing volleyball in college. She texted so much that she begun having difficulties in her wrist. She also was going to have to have surgery. What surprised me was that her mother was asking her if she could text less. If a child cannot resist the urge to lay their phone down for their own safety and health reasons then a parent needs to step in. At the end the girl reduced her text messaging by thousands but ended up not playing volleyball. The other young lady neglected her husband with her excessive texting. They ended up divorcing. She also had carpel tunnel syndrome. I found this episode very helpful and it also made me aware of the negative aspects of unnecessary texting.
In a Keyboarding class I learned about Repetitive Strain injuries and ergonomics. When it comes to using technology we have to mindful of the medical aspects of using certain devices, even something as simple as texting. Practicing good ergonomics is essential and I hope more people will become aware of its benefits. A few things to consider when avoiding RSI’s are:
1. Prevention.
2. Alternate hands when texting.
3. Take many/long breaks.
4. Wrap hands.
5. Try some finger exercises.
6. Massage fingers and hands often.
Technology and its devices are amazing objects. With anything Technology also needs to be used in moderation. People are also so wrapped in their devices that they lose sight of what’s important to them in life. Although texting has its positive attributes I don’t think it is healthy to obsess over it. I think people who avoid normal conversations and appearances by texting constantly are at risk to developing anti-social behavior type disorders; as well as possible medical complications.

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