In the modern era, cellular phones are seen almost as a necessity rather than an accessory. The features of modern cellular continues to grow with almost every model but one of the most popular features with all age groups is that of text messaging. The convenience and cost effectiveness of text messaging appeals to all and, as a result of its popularity, the cellular phone networks have been taking advantage of this.

This SMS culture is sweeping the world not just individual countries. It is these 160 characters that could be sent and received from one cellular phone to another which makes the world seem smaller these days. Text messaging keep family ties firm, cross distances, save friendships, deliver emergencies, campaign information… and the list goes on.

People with a disability find the benefits of text messaging particularly valuable. It enables them to participate in social networks that are otherwise difficult to access. Some debate that text messaging has negative effects such as the erroneous spelling used in this form of communication. This form of spelling is simply to save characters in order to remain within the 160 character limit. Regardless of this, the positive effects are undeniable.

Imagine the life of a person who is deaf. In normal conversation, this person is limited and generally has to rely on others to let them know what is happening. Text messaging, however, is a form of communication that can be accessible to everyone. They are able to be like the common people when it comes to communicating with the people they want to keep in touch with. This gives deaf people the ability to be free and independent and removes the linguistic and geographic barriers.

With these reasons, SMS appears to be a very beneficial innovation in these modern times. We just hope that it will not be use for abusive practices that may be a threat to the world. These benefits are things we must be thankful for. However, there are also some points to be mindful of.

For instance, cellular phones are media for identity theft. This is due to “scanning” whereby third parties in the local area could intercept and eavesdrop in on calls. Another point is that Analogue phones could also be listened to on some radio scanners. This must be a warning to all cellular phone users; we have to be very careful in our use of our cellular phones. We could enjoy all the services these innovations offer but we have to see to it that we protect ourselves from untoward outcomes as well.

With mans power of the mind, innovative ideas turn out to be solutions that lead to a better, more convenient life. We do not have to run miles at all, wait for weeks, venture on messages in bottles, we have the messages right on our fingertips. In the future, SMS would grow into a more complex level but let us keep its objectives neat and realistic. We live in a fast paced world which is constantly evolving but we still want to be able to keep up.