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Maybe we’re seeing the genesis of the Borg collective?
Posted by: Billy Hollis on Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Email is soooo dead, say some teens. They prefer text messaging, instant messaging, and the blog-like interaction with Facebook and MySpace.

I readily admit to being out of touch on some of these technologies. I’m an IM holdout for example. That surprises some folks, because my business is leading edge software development. But I don’t like the constant interruptions of instant messaging and frequent text messaging, especially while I’m writing programs. I have email for asynchronous messaging and a phone for communication that’s more urgent or interactive. Who needs anything else?

Well, teens, I guess. The natural urge teens have to stay in touch with friends has always been with us. In the days of a single phone per household, monopolization of the line by chatty teens was common.

Today’s teens carry the “in touch” thing a lot further. From personal observation of teens, some clearly feel uncomfortable without frequent, even constant, messages from friends. Email is just not good enough for the continuous contact they crave.

Being a Star Trek geek, I’m reminded of Picard talking about the constant voices in his head from other members of the collective. He and Seven of Nine, both taken from the collective, discuss how a member of the collective feels lost without the voices.

I can visualize a day when today’s mobile phones become some sort of implant. Hmmm…. I think I’ll decline mine. If I’m allowed to.
 
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Come to think of it, I already call those Bluetooth headsets that people stick in their ears "Borg implants".
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Maybe sounds a little like the Wireless Matrix from Shadowrun...

But no, you don’t get to turn down the implant. Resistance if futile.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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IM, unlike phone conversations, can be cut & paste to be saved as a record. We use this a lot in business when we want to have a record of what someone said, but want more interaction than an e-mail.

 
Written By: Harun
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The natural urge teens have to stay in touch with friends has always been with us. In the days of a single phone per household, monopolization of the line by chatty teens was common.
There are a few more other than teens that can’t function for more than 5 minutes without a phone to their ear. I was in Barnes and Nobles today perusing a book I later purchased and was sitting next to an adult lady that had 3 phone conversations in about 15 minutes. She even called the desk to see if they had a book in the stacks. This lady was grossly overweight and the walk to the desk would probably have been beneficial.
 
Written By: tom scott
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This lady was grossly overweight and the walk to the desk would probably have been beneficial.
Or killed her. Why chance it?
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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One thing I thought of when reading that article was the 17-year old CEO who said she sends a thousand text messages a month; how incredibly inefficient that must be. Text messaging, even for the fastest two thumbs in the west, is slower than a) talking and b)typing on a QWERTY keyboard. Isn’t it? For example, this entry would’ve taken me 10 minutes to text message, and about a minute and a half QWERTY typing and about 20 seconds to say. Am I crazy?
 
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this entry would’ve taken me 10 minutes to text message, and about a minute and a half QWERTY typing and about 20 seconds to say. Am I crazy?
I’m interested in trying some of the new speech to text software - if the computer can type it as fast as I say it, I’ll be a happy man!

Are you crazy? Sure. We all are ;-)
 
Written By: meagain
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Now, I’m on the internet constantly, blogging, reading news, and staying informed. Interacting with friends and other people is mostly a face-to-face transaction for me.

I barely use the regular phone, why would I want a cell-phone, let alone one I could get messages streamed to me constantly. I like my down/alone time, and really don’t like people intruding on it.

Constantly being interrupted by meaningless drivel...

Bleck—-
 
Written By: Keith_Indy
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"Text messaging with a cell phone is like trying to start a fire by rubbing two lighters together."

(Unknown innernut wag)
 
Written By: Billy Beck
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Billy, I think I’ll use that one at some point.
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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I have a bunch of high school students in my class this summer, and they were surprised to see me send a text message to my husband. They were impressed that someone "old" (really, I’m only about twice as old as they are) even knew how to send a text message.

I use text messaging for sending short, relatively urgent yet slightly asynchronous messages to my husband while he’s at work. He often gets into a work-related phone call for hours at a time, so even if I called him, I’d just get his voicemail, and I’d have to wait for him to be at the end of the call for him to get his message. Same with email— if he gets into a long call at the end of the day, he doesn’t check his email before he leaves, and so would miss a message like "pick up some sour cream on the way home". By sending a text message to his cell phone, he is able to get the message.
 
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