Just about everybody has heard the humerous anecdote about mankind evolving into a more efficient texting animal and while this may not have yet come true, mobile phone manufacturers are certainly doing their bit to help us move forward (if that’s how you want to view it). A British woman, who just happened to be passing a Motorola roadshow, was invited to try out the Samsung Galaxy S with its new SWYPE keyboard that enables users to send a text without removing their finger from the keypad.
In just 25.94 seconds she typed out the message “the razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human” beating the previous world record by a sliver under 10 seconds. While the potentially world record breaking time has yet to be verified by the Guiness Book of World Records it looks likely to have texted Melissa Thompson, aged 27 and from Salford, Greater Manchester, in the record books. It’s also a nice piece of marketing for Samsung.
She puts her success down to the experience she gained texting boyfriend Chris but believed that she had lost the knack sinec the couple had moved in together and she had started working. Melissa’s record breaker means that Samsung really can claim that the new technology enables people to send texts at speeds never before possible.
Presumably, people have grown more accustomed to texting and emailing, and the most recent figures of silver texters and silver emailers certainly seems to back that up. 71% of people aged over 65 use email to update loved ones with their news while 15% say that they use text for such actions. Not quite so popular is Facebook, although they still manage to amass a 4% share of the over 65 market.
Are you over 65?
Do you text, email, or Facebook big news to friends and family?