October 7, 2015

My 5-year old Can Text + History of Messaging

Yes, you read it right. My 5-year old boy can make and send text messages. I didn't know about it until I received a message like this from our cell phone at home.

Although he still didn't know how to use the space bar, his text message is readable. I was not so surprised because he can read already. But nevertheless, we didn't allow him to use the phone without adult supervision.

Then the other night, he asked me if he can send his grandmother (Daddy's Mama) a message. He wanted to thank her for his new bike. I said yes and helped him how to use the space bar.

I know soon he will master the use of cell phone but I will not give him his own phone until he's in high school, most probably. That's when he needs to travel from school to home. But I want him first to learn how to safely use a phone. 

It's no surprise that even children already know how to use a cell phone. Every household, even those at lower class, has a phone at home. When text messaging or what we call SMS (short message service) was introduced, it became a popular tool for Filipinos to keep in touch with their friends and relatives. SMS is a cheaper way to communicate with just 1 peso for every text or lower with the unlimited offer or plan of telecommunication companies in the Philippines.

According to statistics, early this year, the number of mobile telephone subscribers had grown to approximately 113 million. That's a huge number right? With that the Philippines is accounted for more than 10% of global SMS at one stage, at the same time. Because of that large amount of text messages being sent by Filipinos, the Philippines became known as the “text capital of the world.”

Communication among people has gone a long way. This is the product of continuous technology advancement. But have you wondered how people living in long distance communicate during the old times? Did you know that smoke signal is the oldest form of long distance communication? Smoke signals were used as a warning for enemy attacks in tribe or territory. Now, we can see smoke signals being used in Rome as a sign when there is a new Pope selected.

To know more about the history of messaging just click this link: https://simpletexting.com/history-of-messaging/. There you can see how messaging or communication evolved from smoke signals to text messaging. Very interesting right?

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