Monday, November 10, 2008

Time Flies

It feels like there shouldn't have been as much time between this post and our last one but the truth is-it's been a while. Time flies doesn't it? For us the semester is almost over which means pretty soon the students will be packing up and heading home for the Christmas holiday. I certainly can't believe the semester is almost over but then again I can't believe I'm turning 24 on Friday either.

We attended a statewide youth and collegiate minister conference today in Roanoke & during one of the afternoon sessions the speaker spoke about text messaging and how things are changing daily in our culture. He gave an example of how one youth minister conducted a research project to find out just how many text messages his students were sending. He asked the parents to bring in their phone bills after one month and they tallied up the texts. The winner-12,500 text messages in one month that's an average of 400 text messages/day. All I could think was "How in the world?"

Since we've been back here I've noticed that even though I'm not that much older than some of the students, I am an old lady when it comes to certain things. Texting is one of those things. At the beginning of the semester I had to get a couple of the students to teach me how to use the ITAP feature on my phone so I could become a more efficient texter. Nic & I had to increase our texting plan b/c now we get/send text messages almost daily. Before we moved here I averaged maybe two texts per week. Do you catch my drift yet?

So what do you think a/b all this next technology? Are you with the times or lagging behind like me :) ?


  1. Loved the post...and yes, we are also very behind the times. Steve and I cancelled our cell phone plans after we got married b/c really most of our cell minutes were spent calling each other. We got vonage so we could make long distance calls. Moving here and the hours he is working we felt like we needed to get phones again. The salesperson at verizon basically made fun of us when we said we didn't need a texting package. She said phones weren't for talking anymore. We had to disagree. I have yet to send a text message and don't really care to. I can remember back to meeting with students at OSU and couldn't believe that they would text during our conversation and not even think it was rude. So, I can see the benefits of it for sure...but there needs to be manners with texting along with all other new electronic devices. Have a great birthday!!!

  2. i'm with you april...what's ITAP?