To Text Or Not To Text, That Is The Question
I was late to the smartphone party. It was 2013 before I dumped the flip phone for a "smartphone". Anyone who used a flip phone knows how cumbersome it is to text on one, even with text aids like T9 in place. Because of that, I discouraged my friends and family from texting me. If they had to reach me, go old school and actually call me.
One reason for my smartphone hesitation was price. I couldn't justify spending $500+ dollars for a phone. I thought that a phone was for calling people. If I wanted to be online, I had a laptop for that.
In 2013, I found a sale on a new smartphone through my carrier for only $100 with 2gb of data. I bought it and never looked back. Now I'm on my 5th smartphone, a Google Pixel 2, that I bought on sale, of course, and I wonder how I lived all that time with a "dumb phone". Perspective is a funny thing. I used to hate texting, now I prefer it over voice-calling.
Now that we are all texting, many states have a texting-while-driving ban in place. South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska all have banned texting-while-driving. Texting-while-driving in Minnesota is banned and the state recently banned hand-held voice-calling too. If you are going to be driving in another state, check the cell phone laws.