Rap Master Billy S. once said “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Granted, he tossed off that whimsical bon mot in the middle of one of the most depressing plays ever written (HEY LOOK! Everybody’s dead!), but that doesn’t make it any less valid. Nevertheless, I sincerely doubt he would have been pleased with the advent of text messaging. There’s no way to convince me that he ever envisioned his tragic king uttering “2b? nt2b?.”
And while we here at the World News Center hold no lofty pretensions that we are last bastion keeping the barbarians from the gate, there does seem to be a growing segment of society which truly believes something I was told two nights ago; “It doesn’t matter if I’m correct or not, it’s my right to say it.” It also appears that this gentlemen believes it is his right to say “it” poorly as well.
I’ve read his tweets. U cn trst me n dat.
But as sad as that is, it’s nothing compared to what Barbara Goldberg from Yahoo! News is reporting. More and more men and women are going straight from sexting to sex.
Nearly four out of five women and three of five men say they believe texting, Facebook and other social networking tools cause new couples to jump into bed faster, a survey released on Monday showed.
But only 38 percent of women say they have actually slept with a date any sooner because of digital intimacy, according to the 1,200 women and men who participated in the third annual sex survey by Shape and Men’s Fitness magazines.
Smart phones and laptops are the new toys that lead to the bedroom, it said, with nearly 80 percent of women and 58 percent of men saying social media tools leads to sex faster.
Texting is the No. 1 way lovers stay in touch, the survey found, with men texting 39 percent more often than phoning and women 150 percent more.
Even before the magic begins, 70 percent of women and 63 percent of men use Google and other online tools to screen potential dates.
Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had been asked out by text and 49 percent through a Facebook message.
Once the relationship clicks, 72 percent of women report scouring a current partner’s ex-girlfriends’ Facebook pages.
Even in the heat of passion, some people just can’t get enough of their digital devices, the survey found. When a call or text comes in during sex, 5 percent of respondents said they glance to see who is calling and 1 percent say they stop to answer the phone.
And when the spark is extinguished, digital dumping is the new way to break up, with 43 percent of women and 27 percent of men reporting getting a text along the lines of “It’s not you, it’s me.”
For the heartbroken, the Internet keeps hope alive, with 81 percent of all respondents saying they won’t de-friend an ex on Facebook and 75 percent admitting to constantly checking a former sweetheart’s page.
Ignoring the creepy stalker aspect of this story, reading the third to last paragraph of the article immediately led me to think that these people must be lousy in bed. I, once, didn’t notice that the hotel I was in was on fire until management ripped open the door screaming for us to evacuate. Even then I asked how much time we had.
If you were me you wouldn’t have been all that eager to hop off that particular carnival ride either.
She was an E-Ticket all unto her own.
Actually stopping to answer a phone? That was never going to happen.
On the other hand, if these people are willing to go straight to the horizontal bop without so much as a dinner, a drink or even a meeting, that increases the likelihood of running into someone intelligent in a restaurant or bar or other public place.
Hit me up if you’re down with that.