Text messaging can make all sorts of aspects of life easier. Not only does it make for quick communication between people, but it can also be used to confirm appointments, receive receipts, and all sorts of other means of adding convenience to one’s day. There are new uses for SMS appearing all the time, each helping things go just a little bit more smoothly.
For example, Wells Fargo (News - Alert) has started offering text message ATM receipts, in addition to its e-receipt options. All a customer has to do is attach his or her cell phone number to the account, and whenever they make a withdrawal, the information is sent directly to the phone. This is the first bank offering text receipts, but it’s unlikely to be the last.
This is just the latest in ways that text messaging is making life easier. Most people I know have SMS options enabled for sites such as social networks, banks, and other important websites, ensuring that no one will access their account from an unauthorized device without them knowing and denying them entry. It lets us rest well, knowing our personal information is secure, and that we’ll be the first to know if someone tries to access it.
Companies are also using texting for marketing purposes, so that they can reach customers with new deals at a number they know they’ll reach. Of course, that only works if the customers opt in to it, otherwise it’ll be annoying spam, but for those who like the deals, it’s a good one.
Whether it’s for sending a message to friends saying “I’ll meet you in half an hour,” or receiving reminders about an appointment, texting has made lives much easier. That said, there are some dark sides, such as people getting so engrossed in their messages that they neglect the people right in front of them, or worse, texting while driving, but those are the fault of individual people. (Do keep in mind that if you’re texting in a movie theater during the show, I will throw your phone out the door then barricade it shut.) For the most part, being able to send and receive quick, concise messages for viewing at any time on mobile devices has made everyday life far easier, and people more connected.
Edited by Jamie Epstein