Wednesday 18 October 2017

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.

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