Newspaper Publishes Totally Made Up List Of 'Disorders' Associated With Text Messaging

from the credibility? dept

As the anonymous person who submitted this story noted, this appears to be a respectable Australian news publication, presenting a list of totally made up “texting disorders” put together by a “technology researcher” as if they were real and serious issues. The list is almost comical:

  • Textaphrenia: thinking you’ve heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.
  • Textiety: a feeling of anxiety from not receiving or sending any text messages.
  • Post-traumatic text disorder: injuries related to texting, such as walking into objects by not paying attention to your surroundings.
  • Binge texting: sending massive amounts of texts to build self-esteem among peers.

Those aren’t disorders. That’s a joke list that someone put together for fun, right?

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Anon Coward In Texas says:

Re: Re: Re: They are real

Dark Helmet, I genuinely enjoy your posts on this site. Some are very insightful and others flat make me laugh.
Why would you be afraid of Texas? Other than the idiots in Federal Court in East Texas and the idiots in office Down in Austin, Texas is a wonderful place.
…Oh wait, then you have the morons in the local police departments, and the corruption in the local governments…
Darn it…I think I may need to move!

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: They are real

Or maybe Texitis.

Or maybe Turrext syndrome. Every time someone sends a text you overreact.

Texteimers : Where text messages make you forget things because you’re too focused on the text messages to pay attention to anything else.

TextSomia : You can’t sleep because you’re spending the entire night texting.

Anonymous Coward says:

Using my lofty position of unemployed-lives-with-parents-guy with a BSc in psychology, I feel that I am 100% qualified to claim expertise in this case.

I have no doubt that there are people in the world who do get these feelings regarding text messages, but they would almost certainly be an aspect of a larger issue (like depression or whatever). I would be very, very amazed indeed if someone could suffer from “textiety” and not feel any other form of chronic anxiety.

Same deal with “internet addiction”. Can people get addicted to the internet? Sure they can. Is the problem just 100% pure internet with no other associated issues? Hell no. Claiming that “textiety” is an individual disorder by itself is like claiming switching a light on and off seven times before you leave the room is an individual disorder, rather than a symptom of OCD.

R. Miles (profile) says:

What the...

LOL fny read no prob here i dont fit any you ok? txtme.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Still, the list has to be a joke, because they forgot a very important one:
Texthole – someone who texts while driving, eating, walking, or other events where paying attention and/or respecting others isn’t performed.

Texthole, for the record, is now copyright. Pay me. 😉

Pitabred (profile) says:


The thing that scares me is that the person who wrote it didn’t even bother to check a dictionary for a definition:

“Binge texting: sending massive amounts of texts to build self-esteem among peers.”

If you’re building something among peers, it would be just plain esteem, not self-esteem. Self-esteem is how you feel about… wait for it… yourself! So you can’t build it “among peers”.

It makes me sad that so many people who have no business writing do so much of it.

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