mindtakerr wrote:Does anyone else not get texting? What makes it better than using social networks, or email, or phone calls, or ...
It's all about asynchronous communication. For two people to have a phone conversation, both people have to be available to communicate. Think of all the times you've called someone only to be told they're busy and will have to call you back? Or the times you've had to do it yourself? Texting lets you deliver information for the receiving party to consume at their convenience.
Email and social networks are also asynchronous, but they're not quite so suitable to short conversations and short snippets of text. Social networks in particular fail at this task: They're historically a broadcast/subscription medium, where people who think you have something interesting to say subscribe to you and your communication is with all of them. Most have point-to-point messaging features, but they're not the core product and were generally added later.
The functional difference between email and text communication is less about their usage and methodology (they're pretty similar) and more about the medium and equipment capable of using them. Texts don't need to have quite the same infrastructure at hand: Two simple phones and a cellular network are all you need. Email requires more advanced phones or a computer, separate accounts, etc.. My wife's phone doesn't do email, for example, but it can handle texts.