In a recent contest for the America’s fastest texter, Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wisconsin, took home $50,000 in prize money that he says he’ll put away for college. Austin is the winner of the sixth annual US LG National Texting Competition in Times Square. While not likely to become someone who sends 100 texts a day (or 500/day as Austin did to practice for the competition), I am left with a sense of hope for our future with recognition of complimentary spin offs such as “texting for causes” that the very same teens are participating in.
Perhaps our world is not spiraling wildly out of control, perhaps the next generation is simply very much like we did, making their own choices, simply choosing different communication platforms. Either way, it’s much more than simply finding the next social get together.