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					by: Joe Macon

Man is a social animal. This feature instigates him to develop sundry ways to communicate with
his fellow beings. From pigeons to postmen, from small messages on bits of paper to lengthy
love letters and telegramswe have now have a smart and trouble-free method to interact with our
friends living even in farthest corner of the world. This technique is of mobile SMS or the Short
Messaging Service.

The Basics of SMS

In the age when science is dominating the world, SMS via our mobile phones is a boon of
technology. We simply type a text message in the write message section of our mobile. This
message can be formal or informal. But every phone has a fixed limit of number of characters
that can be written. For instance, some have it at 160, while others allow you to type 190
characters on a single page. Once through with writing, we send the message to its desired
destination by entering the number of that individuals cell phone. As soon as the message is
delivered, it is signaled by a delivery report. The instant conveyance of message depends on the
network of the company whose mobile connection we have.

The Merits of SMS

1. Cost effectiveness- the foremost wonderful aspect of text messaging is its inexpensiveness.
While an international call made to say hello, exchange greetings or for any such reason will cost
you several dollars, an SMS will do the same job in a significantly smaller amount.

2. Comfort- text message is perhaps the most convenient way to communicate. It enables you to
chat with your friends and relatives anywhere anytime. The abbreviated coded text message
language is pleasing and time saving.

3. Express your opinion- didnt you vote via an SMS to your favorite singer in American Idol?
SMS is an excellent way to state your choice in matters of public concern. SMS also gives us a
chance to win numerous contests happening on TV.

4. Spontaneity- another remarkable feature of text messaging is the speed with which it connects
us to people. SMS surpasses the oceans and seas and reaches its target in a few seconds. Text
messages can be written and sent while you going to the office, sitting idle in a bus, waiting for a
cab, having your meal or even watching television.

The Drawbacks of SMS

1. Text messaging can be addictive especially in case of children. Excess of messaging not only
contributes to your cell phones monthly bill but it also results in lack of concentration in studies.
Porn pictures and clips sent as SMS steer the budding minds in wrong direction.
2. Though SMS has an edge over making phone calls yet it might not serve us with the authentic
situation of the person concerned. X might write of his being fine while he is unwell. Whereas
speaking to someone over the phone, by and large makes you aware of his actual condition.

3. SMSes are liable to failure due to network problems and the like.

This article was posted on September 27, 2005

				
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