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Letter: I’m a freak. I gave up texting.

It is official: I am a freak. I am a freak because I have given up texting on my cell phone.

I was terrified to do this at first; I thought I would have major withdrawal symptoms, since I considered texting to be an addictive behavior. So I weaned myself. I went from unlimited texting to 1,500 texts down to zero. The results: I have my mind back. I no longer need to have my phone with me at all times. I am no longer being conditioned (like a dog in a Pavlov experiment) to respond every time my phone dings.

The most significant result is that my daughter has noticed, and it has strengthened our relationship. I have made a conscious effort to be more present. Perhaps I could have done this and still had the capability to text on my phone, but I know myself and needed to remove the temptation.

My intention in writing this is not to be self-righteous and judge those who still text. Instead, I want to serve as an example that it is possible to live in this society, in this day and age, and not text. You may even be happier.

MELISSA MINERY

Loudon

Congrats on being a "freak." I wish there were more "freaks" around these days. If it means you're a freak to prefer face-to-face human interaction to killing the joints and tendons in your fingers and hands by rapping them against the keypad of your "device" - then call me a freak.

Not a freak in my book, I call it being sensible and rational. Before you know it, you won't interrupt something important, or at least useful, that you are doing (including simply having a conversation with someone important in your life) when the phone rings, and will instead let your answering machine take the call.

Good for you! I really think "overusing" cell phones (to put it politely) for non-necessary things has become a big problem for many people.

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