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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

It cost how much?

Under the category of "oh-my-god my parents are going to KILL me" 22-year-old Bryan St. Germain managed to rack up an $18,000 cell phone bill on his parents' Verizon account.

According to the article he had tethered his laptop to his cell phone because it had a faster data connection, without realizing that the service charged per kilobyte. His parents are disputing the charge (duh!)

This is an extreme case, but the way teens use phones you can bet there are plenty of parents out there who aren't happy with their cell phone bills. Studies have shown that teens are texting more than ever, and that many teens prefer texting over talking face-to-face or on the phone.
In February 2008, Pew estimated 38 percent of teens were "daily texters," compared to 54 percent in September 2009, when the study was conducted. Pew said half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day; one in three send more than 100 messages a day; and 15 percent send more than 200 text messages daily, or more than 6,000 texts a month.

What about you? Do you text more than you talk? Is email old-fashioned?

How should the library adapt to this new reality? Should we have "Information by IM" services so you could ask a question of your local librarian by text message?

Or how about the ability to send a text message of the call number for a book from the library catalog to your cell phone so you don't have to write it down before you go wandering into the stacks?

I like that last idea, mostly because my handwriting is so bad by the time I get into the stacks I can't read what I wrote!

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