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People love to send text messages. These messages are a fast, convenient way to send important information. For example, a student might send a friend a message that says, "Psych test tomorrow." It lets the friend know that he had better plan on studying tonight, or he will not be ready.

A wife might contact her husband, telling him that she has to work late and asking him to pick up their son from soccer practice. Since the husband got the message, he now knows what is going on. That way, their child can be picked up and will not be stranded.

A friend might send a message to another friend that says, "Exciting news! Meet me for coffee." The receiver naturally wonders what the "exciting news" is and meets the friend for coffee so that he can share the excitement. There are times when this form of communication is a bad idea, however.

Students should not send text messages in class. During a test, this activity can be interpreted as cheating. When there is no test going on, it would be considered very rude to be texting while the teacher is talking. The teacher who catches the texter would likely tell him to put his phone away.

People should also avoid communicating this way while driving. Doing any other activity while driving is a good way to cause an accident. The driver should put his phone away, focus on his driving, and save the messages and phone calls for when he stops somewhere. He might stop to buy gasoline, for example. During this stop, while he is getting fuel for his vehicle, he can also contact the people he is trying to reach. Once he has made his connections, he will feel better. He and everyone else around him will also still be alive.

It might also be a good idea to avoid texting while walking somewhere. While a person is involved in sending a text message, his mind and eyes are focused on the phone. His eyes watch his fingers as he types. They watch the screen as the letters and words appear. At this moment, his messages are at the center of his thoughts. He reads, types, and does not watch where he is going. What might happen in this situation?

One thing that might happen is that he might trip over an uneven place in the sidewalk or an object in his way. He will then get hurt. He will also drop--and probably break--his phone.

Another thing that might happen is that he will come to the end of the sidewalk, not realize that he has reached the end of it because of his involvement in his activity,, and fall.

Finally, he may get hit by a car. If he is not killed, he will be injured. He will also be in pain, and he will need medical attention.

Make your connections and arrangements before you go anywhere. That way, on your journey, you can be safe. You can also take in the beautiful scene around you.


Street Talk

Words to live by! I just wish that people would follow this and protect themselves and other people. Nothing is so important that it can't wait till your at a safe place to text. Your life and others depend on it!

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  about 9 years ago

This scares the hell out of me. i have a new driver in the house and he loves his phone. While we have discussed this and I believe he understands what can happen, still I wonder. Ah, parenting. Thanks for the article Hollie.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for reading!

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  about 9 years ago
AJ  

A great reminder for us all. Thanks, Hollie.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks!

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  about 9 years ago

Good article, a new way of communication often misused and causing accidents I have seen so many driving and texting so dangerous.

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  about 9 years ago
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