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Jess & Katie’s Textometer: Texting isn’t a game, but we’re still keeping score.

Oh technology, you double-edged sword. You provide us with some of our favorite things: illegal music, constant communication, obsessive coverage of the greatest shows on television. (Yet you also bring us down with your crappy non-contributions to culture, like this and Miley Cyrus’s Twitter— well, at least that’s over.

Texting has made us put our dexterity to more exciting use than our opposable-thumbed predecessors, but it has also opened up approximately 937,382 more ways for us to do something humiliating, mean, dumb, or all of the above. In order to aid you in distinguishing the wise from the ill-advised, we bring you TEXTOMETER 2009.

See where your actions fall on our highly scientific (read: basically arbitrary) spectrum of textellence. Is there something you love or hate that we left out? Let us know in the comments! Come up with something extra clever and we’ll give you a shout-out in our next piece.

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Katie most enjoys friends, non-fiction, and dessert. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania and is a contributing editor at Glamour magazine.
Jess (Penn ’11) left her Pleasantville-esque hometown of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey to study English and creative writing. At Penn, she has been an editor of 34th Street magazine and its blog, underthebutton.com. Jess is also the Adventure Editor of The Lost Girls travel website. If you find a way to score her Bruce Springsteen tickets, she’ll probably marry you or at least make out with you. She had a pretty deprived childhood (no TV allowed on school nights) and is compensating for lost time by consuming pop culture like Don Draper downs martinis. This summer she worked as the entertainment intern at Seventeen magazine, where she hugged Kellan Lutz. Unrelated fun fact: Jess is a book nerd who will read just about anything that is not a Twilight book. Sorry, Kellan.
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