Really Do We Need A National Championship For Texting?

Okay, okay, so texting is popular. Everyone is doing it but way ahead of the bell curve has to be the pre-teens and teens as they bruise their thumbs in order to stay cool, or cheat at school. Does this mean though that we really have to condone excessive texting to the point that we have a national championship to figure out who is the fast texter? Come-on people this is stupid!

Sure the publicity for GL, who sponsored this massive nonsense, is worth the $50 Grand that the winning 15 year old girl walked off with, but I still ask why do we need to do this?

Kate Moore, the 15 year old winner, said that parents should chill out about their kids texting through dinner cause they could end up just like her with a big purse of money and a new phone.

Moore, with a speedy and accurate performance, beat out 20 other finalists from around the country over two days of challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course.

textingchamp In the final showdown, she outtexted 14-year-old Morgan Dynda, of Savannah, Ga. Both girls had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on the required abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation. Moore squeaked through by a few seconds on the tiebreaking text, getting the best two out of three. As she anxiously waited for confirmation of her win, tears streamed down her face.

The teen dismisses the idea that she focuses too much on virtual communications, saying that while she has sometimes had her phone taken away from her in school, she keeps good grades, performs in school plays and socializes with friends — in person — on the weekends.

In between, she finds time to send about 400 to 470 texts a day. Among her uses of the text message? Studying for exams with friends, which she says is better done by text because she can look back at the messages to review.

Source: Yahoo News

I realize full well that I am probably in the minority here but this just strikes me as being wrong. It’s right up there with kiddy beauty pageants as far as I am concerned.


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  1. This is massive foolishness. American society and culture always seems to celebrate the superficial. And an $50,000 prize? That's absolute craziness.

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  2. There needs to be some texting manners rules established just like there are now cell phone use etiquette rules. NO texting while talking to others or while eating with others should be #1. It is RUDE! Texting is here but it will have consequences like kids not being able to spell anything and not being able to guage the feelings of others.
    A contest with a 50 grand prize? God help us.

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  3. As her mother it's tough for me to know that my daughter is judged from an AP article circulated around the press and one quote that was taken out of context.

    Kate is an AP student, active in Theater, participates in math and monologue competitions, is an anchor for our local school district's tv station and has time for a very active social life. All while never dipping below 99% on any standardized testing.

    She only got a phone as a freshman and I believe the reason she won is that she has an incredible memory and obvious hand dexterity. She's a lovely girl and it kills me to read some of the things written about her. She's a regular All-American girl that you would see at a football game cheering on her boyfriend or out watching her brother's soccer games.

    We went to NY never thinking we had a chance of winning, people there had cell phones since 2nd grade!!! But she did stay calm and set her goal and she won.

    As for the money....it sits in an account. There it stays.

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