That Mobile Phones Are Phones is Besides the Point

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Fri, Oct 15th, 2010 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

A text message's content is so condensed that it routinely fails, even more so than email, to convey the writer's tone and affect. The more we text, the greater the opportunity for misunderstanding. But according to research done by Nielsen, after it analyzed cellphone bills of 60,000 mobile subscribers, the texting revolution is upon us.

Reportedly, this is in part due to social media -- particularly Twitter -- which is reinforcing the habit of communicating in micro-bursts. The other reason? Texting is not considered urgent, rude or as invasive as a phone call.

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