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Monday, 16 April 2012

My Poor Texting Nation

By Jehanzeb Memon
Mobile technology has always been a cause of concern for many in our country. From angry parents of a teenager to ordinary students getting smashed by teachers for texting in classrooms, we all find that missing pride in texting unstoppably.
Technology without doubt has paved easiness for us in many walks of life. However, there are times when misused technology can create more problems than solving. There are only few things cheap in Pakistan and texting is one such facility available to all. Similarly, anyone can text in English or even in Urdu. Today, I am going to discuss what texting is doing to us as people.
Developed nations around the world feel that texting while behind the steering wheel is very dangerous. But unfortunately, this is not the case in Pakistan. People just don’t want their thumbs to rest even when they need to concentrate on driving. It is needless to say that texting while driving is dangerous for the driver as well as people traveling in other vehicles around.
Companies like BMW have tried to aware drivers not to text while driving. Thousands of people around the world die every year because they texted while driving. But this is not where the problem stops. Like many of the other things we do and feel proud of, texting while driving falls into that category.
We really see the fun in texting while being behind the wheels. There is no such concept as embarrassment or shame felt for being caught while texting behind the steering wheel.
Many times people do not even see where their vehicle is heading while they text. I hardly feel the need to be proud of texting while I am driving because I shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. Here is the BMW campaign launched to “discourage drivers not to text while driving” to show people how dangerous it really can be.
I sincerely hope that we as nation would grow out of this texting madness while driving. I would also hope that telecom companies would do some serious brainstorming on this issue and with the help of PTA as well as auto industry launch a campaign telling people that texting behind steering wheel is bad. It is certainly not a thing to be proud of to say the least.
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