Clodagh Finn: Happy 20th B'day SMS – lv frm 1 of ur bst frnds
YOU can't teach this old mouse new clicks, I said when the very first text message made a sort of rodent squeak on my mobile phone.
I was horrified at the procession of disfigured little words that limped across the screen like some form of algebra. How would civilisation survive without the vowel?
Yet, within months, I was cutting a dash with the best of them and now, as the sms turns 20, I think texting is one of the best social lubricants there is. A text can inform, connect, entertain and encourage but, of course, it also has downsides.
Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.
Independent.ie Comments Facility
INM has taken the decision to remove the commenting facility on its online platform Independent.ie to minimise the legal risk to our business that arises from Ireland's draconian libel awards system.
We continue to look forward to receiving comments through direct email contact or via social media, some of which may still be featured on the website Independent.ie