9. SMS Pros and Cons


Can send them at any time, day or night

Only short messages can be sent

Person you are sending it to do not have to have their mobile phone switched on

Needs nimble fingers to use some tiny mobile phone keypads

Can save time sending a message rather than interrupting someone with a phone call

Needs basic typing skills

Good for informal messages

Can take some time to compile a message if you are not familiar with text speak shortcuts

Good for helping friends and family keep in touch

Text speak spills over into written school work and formal communication.


Should not be used for serious formal messages such as 'You are sacked'



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