Very few people have mastered the skill of text messaging, or as widely known texting. This skill has mainly only been used by the teenage generation. It is now the communication choice widely used by all generations.
There is such a wide variety of uses that texting can offer. From simple communication doing research on line; that is for example: Say you got lost while taking a trip, and you needed to find out where you were, or you needed a location of a Hotel to stay the night. Having a cell phone or some sort of PDA device creates the means to go to the internet. An example of this is the ability to search for something just by typing in your search, plus your zip code. Whether it is using Google, or Cha-Cha, which is an online service used to find out information about topics. The other day my Wife and I were looking for a grocery store. She asked my Daughter to Google Albertsons, and put in the zip code. Within a few minutes she got several locations that were listed in our area.
Another form of texting is multi-texting ;( doing more than one activity, or talking to multiple people. Say you are texting your Supervisor about an upcoming assignment. All of a sudden, one of your co-worker texts you about the work schedule for next week. Without hanging up o your Supervisor, you can communicate with both parties at the same time. So, in a sense killing two birds with one stone.
Some people still revert back to the traditional land line use of communication, not realizing the simplicity of punching a few key; Not only can this simple skill be used for communication, but also for gathering information for example, instead of looking through a phone book every time you need information about problems or topics that need addressed, you can text the information needed to cover different sources.
Some of the negative sides of not having the skill of text messaging would be; paying a higher cost than necessary for things such as long distance...