People drop things on the Internet and run all the time. So we have to ask. In this edition, VanityFair.com critic and columnist Richard Lawson tells us more about the horrors of accidentally sending the wrong text message to your mom.
Cool beans. Sent my mom a text about Fire Island plans that was meant for a friend. So I'm committing seppuku now
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) June 17, 2014
Richard! So what happened here?
I was coming home from a staff drinks kind of a thing and was juggling several text message conversations, one with my mom who just visited me and my sister [...]
"[A] new study showed young adults who text more than 100 times a day tend to be more interested in wealth, vanity and less so in leading a virtuous life. Led by psychology professors Paul Trapnell and Lisa Sinclair, the University of Winnipeg study suggested that students who text that much are 30 percent less likely to value living an 'ethical, principled life,' compared to those who texted 50 times or less a day. The study also showed that heavy texters exhibited higher levels of ethnic prejudice."
Hey, fellas: Want to do sex to that special—or simply just available—lady in your life? Text her! "Nearly 40 percent of women say that social-networking media, such as text-messaging and Facebook, are causing them to jump into the sack faster with partners than they would have in the past, according to a poll by Men's Fitness and Shape magazines." Some clinical psychologist suggests that the false sense of intimacy texting provides will get you over the hump (heh), as the lady in question will think that "you've actually been together for a longer amount of time, so it's actually OK to have sex quicker. You may have gone [...]
"We live in a culture where young people-outfitted with iPhone and laptop and devoting hours every evening from age 10 onward to messaging of one kind and another-are ever less likely to develop the 'silent fluency' that comes from face-to-face interaction. It is a skill that we all must learn, in actual social settings, from people (often older) who are adept in the idiom. As text-centered messaging increases, such occasions diminish. The digital natives improve their adroitness at the keyboard, but when it comes to their capacity to 'read' the behavior of others, they are all thumbs."
I have mixed feelings about this Wall Street Journal op-ed. I [...]
Here is a terrible story from Russia about a woman who killed a traffic cop while driving drunk. After striking the officer with her Toyota, the 22-year-old woman pulled over to text her boyfriend. The message?
"Honey, I killed a cop. I'm sorry :( What should I do?"