Ever wondered how some people can text faster than they can even speak a word of the same message? For some texting is second-nature, and this SMS guru has the skills to lead you into a fast-paced texting world.
Why Text Faster?
It may seem that rapid texting is not one of the essential life skills that should be practiced and revered. I, however, beg to differ. We are the youth of the information age - we get everything from news updates to television and movies, to a post of what our best friend from kindergarten is doing, instantly through the Internet. Specifically, right to our cell phones. We have the ability to access anyone, anywhere, from a pocket-sized device. We are so used to having everything we need at our fingertips, we have come to expect any tidbit of information we may want instantaneously. With this philosophy in mind, texting was born. We can chat with our friends or argue with our moms without ever having to say a word, and that is a beautiful thing—after all, who likes dropping everything to ask your roommate if she turned off the coffee pot? Texting allows communication in places where talking is impossible—class (a personal favorite), a quiet doctor’s office, or a loud concert.
“I would want to become a faster texter because it would just be much more efficient,” said HC team member Hannah Orenstein. “Texting is a great way to keep up with friends, but it gets annoying to have to type everything out and then wait for the other person to type out their message. If I could type faster, I would definitely enjoy it more!”
In a fast-fingered competition held annually by LG Mobile, the nation’s two fastest texters go on to compete in a world competition. 2010’s national winner, 16-year-old Kate Moore, and the national runner-up, 15-year-old Morgan Dynda, took on teams from around the globe, falling just short of the world title to South Korea’s team.
Winning cash isn’t the only thing Morgan Dynda has gained from quick texting, however. “It may seem like I waste every minute of the day texting, but when it takes me a quick second to type something, it all evens out,” she said. “Being a fast texter has taken me to NYC three different times, and I've met a lot of amazing people.”
Morgan became interested in texting competitions when she was 13. Since then she has been in three competitions. “For the most part, texting fast was natural to me, because I've always been good at typing fast on the keyboard,” she said. “So I put my keyboard skills to use on a QWERTY phone keypad, and with time and practice, I got faster.”