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Study: 60% of Teens Drive While Texting, Despite Knowing Dangers

Another day, another study -- it seems like every time we turn around, there's another body of research revealing that, even though they know it's dangerous, stupid, and should be illegal, teens still text-message while driving. The latest study paints a slightly rosier picture than the last one we saw (which said that 85-percent of teenage girls and almost 60 percent of boys were guilty of...

Text-Message Commentary Coming to the Movies?

Thought movie hecklers were annoying? Well, if a new project takes off nationwide, prepare to be uber-annoyed by heckling via texting/Twittering projected directly onto the movie screen. MuVChat creator Rien Heald describes his Frankenstein-like creation to the Chicago Tribune as "a mash-up of 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' and Twitter." At MuVChat screenings (currently only in St. Charles,...

Swedes Filing Taxes via Text Message

Just as those of us in the States have (hopefully) done this month, the citizens of Sweden will file their income taxes in May. Unlike us, though, many of them will do so with a few simple clacks on their cell phones' keypads. Over the past five years, an increasing number of Swedes have taken to their government's method of filing taxes via text message, according to CNET. Of course, these tales...

Your Thumbs Aren't Made for Texting

File this firmly under "D," for "Duh," but a new study in the South African Medical Journal is reporting that text messaging can lead to repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and damage to our thumbs. Researchers interviewed 318 teens at two South African high schools for the study, and over half reported having at least one of the main symptoms of RSI, which include pain or tingling in the neck,...

Saudi Man Divorces Wife via Text Message

According to the Arab News, a Saudi man, who was busy in Iraq participating in "what he described as 'jihad'," found the time to send his wife a text message, alerting her that he had divorced her. This is the first documented divorce in Saudi Arabia executed by text message, according to a Reuters report at Yahoo! News. Under Islamic Sharia Law, a man need only say "I divorce you" three times to...

Texting Idaho Driver Crashes Into Police Cruiser

Proponents of banning text-messaging-while-driving have a new case to use as evidence for their arguments. Last week in Boise, Idaho, an unnamed driver crashed his car while sending a text message. While this may not seem especially noteworthy, the circumstances surrounding the accident certainly qualify. According to police spokesperson Lynn Hightower, the 37-year-old Nampa, Idaho native...

Texting Is Preferred Communication Method for College Students

Now that we have more communication devices and methods than we can handle, perhaps we should look to the college kids to show us the way forward. Indiana's Ball State University recently surveyed about 300 college students, and found that text messaging is their favored form of telecommunication, becoming more popular than e-mail, instant messaging and calling. 94-percent of the students...

Text-Messaging Saves Fire Department Thousands of Dollars

Remember pagers? Yeah, we toted them around, too, receiving secret number codes from our buddies and feeling more important than we really were. Believe it or not, the simple one-way paging system is still used at fire departments to call in off-duty firefighters in the event of a fire. The Taylors Fire Department in North Carolina may have started a new trend, though, after firefighters...

St. Louis's New Catholic Archbishop to Be Announced Via Text

In step with the Roman Catholic Church's measured technological strides, the Archdiocese of St. Louis announced Monday that the identity of the Missourian archdiocese's next archbishop will be announced to the faithful via text message, the AP reported at Fox4KC.com. Since the archdiocese's former archbishop, Archbishop Raymond Burke, was selected to head the Vatican supreme court this past...

Women More Expressive Than Men When Texting

It turns out all those cliches about women being more expressive than men are true...kind of. Researchers at Indiana University studied 1,164 text messages posted on Italy's interactive television music channel Allmusic and found the texts sent from women were more expressive than those of their male counterparts. This came as a surprise, since research shows that, in social situations, men...

E.T. Phone Lunch: Subway Introduces Text-Message Ordering

If you've a hankering for one of Subway's finest come noon-time and find yourself in the 212 or 646 area (New York City) it's only a text away. All you need to do to get started is set yourself up at the Subway Now site with a shop near you, your credit card details, set up a list of numbered favorite sandwiches, and get your hunger ready. Ordering is done by simply texting "menu" to Subway's...

It's True: You're Getting Ripped Off on Text-Messaging

C'mon folks, does it really take an in-depth research study to figure this one out? On the whole, per-use SMS rates have doubled from $0.10 to $0.20 in the span of three years, and carriers have shown no shame in pushing messaging packs (the "unlimited" one in particular) in an effort to snag more revenue per user. We already knew that Senator Herb Kohl was looking into the matter, and a new...

At Last, US Folks Send More Text Messages Than Europeans

While text messaging continues to increase in popularity and generated revenue for cell providers, the average US texter sends twice as many messages per month than the average European subscriber, Textually.org gleaned from the Washington Post's coverage of a Portio Research study. Researchers at Portio project that the end of the year will see a revenue of $130 billion generated by text...

Surgeon Coached Through Emergency Amputation Via Text Message

This past October, a British doctor volunteering in the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo performed an emergency amputation on a severely injured young man, the BBC and Textually.org reported earlier today. Dr. David Nott operated on the boy under the direction of his London colleague, Dr. Meirion Thomas. Or, rather, under the direction of Dr. Thomas's text messages. Although Dr. Nott...

Salvation Army Now Accepting Donations Via Text

Salvation Army officials in the Atlanta, Georgia area have introduced a donation-via-text drive, Textually.org reports. By texting "TSA" to the number 90999, a donor gives $5 to the long-running charity, and the money will be charged to the donor's phone bill. Due to the economy, we can only assume that this holiday season, folks will be spending less time at the malls (where Salvation Army...