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Please Don't Text Message Me

Peeve Week - A woman who looks annoyed is looking at her cellphone

There’s a common phrase among somebody that’s clumsy: “I’m all thumbs today.” In modern times, being “all thumbs” means that person is either a crack-Berry addict (a play on BlackBerrys), or loves to text message on a cellphone.

There’s nothing wrong with those that like to text message. I don’t mind when one of my friends can talk to me and text message at the same time. I don’t mind when people open up their ultra-bright cellphones in a dark movie theater. I don’t mind when I hear a loud jingle and a chuckle in the stall next to me in the restroom. I also don’t mind when people text message me.

I do mind, however, when my cellphone company (co*Verizon*ugh) decides to charge me ten cents for every message. Sure, I can sign up for three hundred messages for five dollars extra on my plan, but I’d be wasting about four dollars of that. I don’t receive a lot of text messages and I never send them out.

But when I do receive that lone text message, the thought of ten cents draining out of my pocket is unnerving. I quickly scan the message to see if it’s worth the ten cents I had to pay for it.

“Busy. At work.”

I pace in protest and delete the message. What a waste! Ten cents down the tube just like that.

And then someone sends me a picture. That’s another twenty-five cents down the drain. I don’t want to go to a Verizon store and pay another thirty dollars just so I can download the twenty-five cent picture onto my computer. Why can’t people just e-mail me the stinkin’ pictures? I can then slap the picture on Flickr and everyone can see the picture for free.

As one-sided as my views on text messaging are, I did add the text messaging plan onto my wife’s phone. However, those plans only work if you don’t go over the monthly limit. Why text messaging doesn’t roll over is beyond me. I once got charged forty-five dollars extra on my phone bill because somebody had a text messaging fetish with my wife. The bill said I had 750 text messages on my wife’s account. Our plan only covered 300 of them. Ten cents a message adds up fast.

One fine day I received two pictorial messages. I had it. I called Verizon and told them to turn off my text messaging.

“But sir, you won’t be able to receive or send any text messages.”

“Really? That’s exactly what I want.”

After that, I was curious if I would regret my decision. Several people approached me and said, “Hey, I sent you a text message. You never replied.” I told them I had turned text messaging off. I wish I could have captured the surprised look.

As long as wireless companies charge for text messaging, I will despise it. The only time I want to be “text messaged” is if I’m on the Internet at home. When I’m using my cellphone, I expect to be called. If I’m unavailable, voice mail is your friend. Please don’t text message me. I’ll never see it.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

11 thoughts on “Please Don't Text Message Me”

  1. The great Ronalfy against technogical advances? I know this may come as a shock but the computer has now evolved to your cell phone and other hand held devices… Not everyone likes to stay at home and look at computers all day (your gay)…. So go with the flow.. Upgrade that cell phone… c'mon what is 5 dollars.. cheap ass… Hey you buy food all the time and don't eat everything on your plate… We as American's are the kings of waste… so join the club.. waste that money!

  2. Jacob,

    You’re always one to bring me crashing back down to Earth. It’s the principle of the matter. Why pay five dollars for what encourages people to use the cellphone provider’s network less? If anything, cellphone companies are saving money by people text messaging. What gives?

  3. You do have a point, Jacob, about us wasting money on other things like food and wasting things we buy also. However, because we do not eat everything off our plate, does that mean we should not focus at all on how much we waste in other areas of our life? Just because I do not like eating tomatoes and onions and green toxic waste that everyone calls "veggies" all the time does not mean I will also buy a 1000 text messages per month plan when in reality I use about 300 or so text messages a month.

    By the way, I am finally getting convinced that green is good for me, so my plate is getting cleaner every month as of late. 🙂

  4. I have to say I’ve been scouring the internet for a solution to the conundrum of this “text messaging”, and after reading your paragraph here, I just want to say that I completely agree with you and I am going to call verizon and have them shut off this damn texting. I give my friends my phone number only to turn on my phone and see “new text message”. They are my friends with no intentions of hurting me…but this “text messaging scam” is just crap.

  5. Texting is gay. Why not just call the person? Have we resorted to pushing buttons everytime a meaningless thought enters our noodle?

  6. I totally agree with you. My beef with texting is that my plan charges me $0.20 per text (incoming/outgoing). But again I have never sent out or received $5 worth of texts. But I have two friends (in particular) — one who likes to text me random tid bits and one who won’t stop texting me even when I told him not to. I don’t mind a text if it’s for something important. Otherwise I prefer people emailing or leaving me voice mail. Plus I think getting random texts is just plain annoying.

  7. I agree with you so much. I am the same boat, if that’s the correct expression. I get really annoyed with all the text messages coming to my phone, and I do try to answer some of them. Maybe I should quit answering, then people may stop sending them to me. I just hate writing on my phone. It is, as you said, much easier to use mail. And that’s what I prefer. Cheers. – Ray J.

  8. I think texting is a fine method of giving someone a not-urgent message. If you just wanted to say hello, and give the person some time to answer, it’s great. But if you need a quick reply it’s probably best to call the person:) – Ray from Mobilabonnement

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