I have one cellular phone. I got it from a company called Reach Out Wireless in Columbus, OH back when I was eligible for one on food stamps. I have since given up that welfare benefit but the company won't take back the phone to give it to someone more in need of the thing. I only use it for emergencies (and one time when staying in the hospital for a week last year). The texting feature has been hard to master - using the number buttons to type letters instead of having a keyboard. And some young women I meet always seem to want to communicate only in that way. When I resist the invitation because I don't have a phone with an easier texting system, I seem to lose their interest rather quickly. Why is this happening? Did I just break some damned invisible social rule that says if you don't text to communicate you're not worth keeping in touch with? Is texting that flipping cool that if you don't you're instantly considered scum? I know the art of written correspondence (especially by penmanship) is effectively dead in the digital age, but I don't think I'll ever get used to texting as a viable means of two-way communication with anyone.
At the last job I had in September 2012, I swear every other co-worker I met had a texting phone and used it during breaks. I see co-workers in my current job also doing this with spare time, as well as strangers in public walking or standing tapping out some message on their fancy phones, tablets, etc. I swear the world is turning into typing zombies engrossed with that small screen of badly spelled words they send to each other. I just don't get the wonder of it all. But then again I've been slow about picking up some things. I wasn't on the Internet as a user until June 1999 with my first dialup account having gotten an Internet ready computer after suffering with my first computer for close to ten years. I had no presence online until 2010 with this site and my Amazon.com author page the following year (or maybe the same year, I forget which). So, I feel yet again like an outsider looking in at all the fun other people are having that I will never share in or understand - just like the social misfit I was as a teenager all over again. I just don't fit in with this society.
And to any ladies who ever ask me to text them the second we meet again, it ain't gonna happen (unless I can someday afford a better cellular phone or similar device with all the bells and whistles) so you might just as well send me an e-mail. That's about as far as I'm going with this 21st Century social environment.