Consider this: Text message and Post-it breakups are quick and dirty.Plus, they surely make the relationship status clear-cut.And perhaps even more dramatic was the scene where you parked yourself next to the phone, hesitating even to get up to go the bathroom, lest you miss that all-important call from your crush.But there was a certain mystery to that era — an unavailability which is almost unfathomable to teens today, whose love interests are instantly available with just a few taps on a smartphone.And then there’s what they say if and when they finally do write back. You can now text someone at any time of the day or night and make a plan — whether its a booty call or an invite to the ubiquitous group date.Instead of having all the tonal clues and intimacy of hearing someone’s voice or talking in person, you’re left to decipher each text. But it used to be you actually had to plan out a date ahead of time, and put more thought into the outing than "u up?When you're feeling emotionally vulnerable afterwards, you likely won't go crawling back to someone who's just texted you, "It's over." Breaking up is hard to do; perhaps text-message breakups make it easier. Tell us if you think breaking up via text message is acceptable or not.
It was agonizing in its own way to have to call someone on a — *gasp* — landline.
Yesterday marked 25 years since the first text message was sent, and in that time it’s changed so much about the way we date.
It’s made us more available, more casual, and infinitely more #sextable.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning of a dangerous new breed of identity theft scams known as “smishing.”Similar to “phishing” scams -- authentic-looking emails that appear to be from the victim’s bank, government agencies, or other well-known organizations -- “smishing” scams are text messages sent to mobile phones.
While the risks of smishing scams are potentially devastating, the defense is simple.