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Texting: Crossing all boundaries

Last year, a 13-year-old girl won $25,000 in a national text messaging championship. She defeated her competitors by typing a phrase featuring ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in 42 seconds.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2008 02:11 IST

Last year, a 13-year-old girl won $25,000 in a national text messaging championship. She defeated her competitors by typing a phrase featuring ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in 42 seconds. According to the organiser, the winner practiced for the contest by sending more than 4,000 teLast year, a 13-year-old girl won $25,000 in a national text messaging championship. She defeated her competitors by typing a phrase featuring ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in 42 secondsLast year, a 13-year-old girl won $25,000 in a national text messaging championship. She defeated her competitors by typing a phrase featuring ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ in 42 secondsxt messages each month.

Communicating via cell phones by text messaging has become the norm for many teens and young adults. But issues with the trend range from how to keep would-be text messengers’ attention in schoolrooms to the dangers of texting while driving — a practice that has spurred one Florida legislator, Carey Baker, to propose a new law that would punish those trying to drive and text at the same time.

“Folks aren’t willing to give up their phone use on the highway, but we’re drawing the line at text messaging,” Associated Press quoted Baker as saying.

Using a cell phone is too distracting for young people who are still learning to drive, Baker said.

Days are not far when students would sit next to each other and will text instead of writing a note.

Writing the note in classroom involved folding the notebook paper into some convoluted geometric shape, complete with pull-tab, and then furtively sneaking it to the recipient without the teacher noticing.

Apparently, the days of note passing are fading.

Some students said teachers will give warnings about texting, or even take a phone away, but that’s pretty rare.