That’s text-erity: “A 15-year-old girl with a 500-texts-a-day texting habit thumbed her way to the $50,000 grand prize at the L.G. National Texting Championship in New York on Tuesday,” reports CNN. Kate Moore of Des Moines was the nation’s top texter, beating 250,000 entrants.  OMG!

Some challenges were straightforward tests of speed and accuracy, but others required a little extra texting savvy. In one round, texters had to send texts while blindfolded. Another round quizzed contestants’ knowledge of texting acronyms.

The only acronym to stump every texter was PAW — parents are watching.

The fourth-place finisher, 21-year-old Jordan Rowe, saw her dreams of texting glory vanish in the “pressure cooker” round, where actors dressed as emoticons attempted to distract contestants tasked with texting tongue-twisters. Rowe failed to accurately text “Which wicked witch wished which more wicked witch in the well?” while a human emoticon talked trash about her sister.

In another round, contestants had to “complete an obstacle course while firing off difficult-to-type texts.”

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  1. Michael E. Lopez says:

    They missed PAW because it’s actually POS (Parents Over Shoulder).


  2. Bill Leonard says:

    It’s only a tool, people, not a way of life…oh.

    They’re now paying 50 large to encourage kids across the fruited plain to become even more self-absorbed and spend even less time on studies. the future does not bode well.

  3. Is it wrong for me to feel bad that this kid got about what I make in a year…for TEXTING?

  4. What an accomplishment.

  5. Bill, they are paying 50 large to encourage kids to keep texting. It’s a giant money-maker for the cell phone companies, who will go the way of the dodo when wireless internet access becomes widespread enough. The fact that they charge for something that should basically be free (it doesn’t even have real-time requirements!) certainly makes me despise my cell phone company much more than I despise my regular phone company or even my cable company.