by Barry Chudakov on November 14th, 2009

Texting Recursion

The Wall Street Journal, November 5, 2009:

A 17-year-old boy, caught sending text messages in class, was recently sent to the vice principal’s office at Millwood High School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The vice principal, Steve Gallagher, told the boy he needed to focus on the teacher, not his cellphone. The boy listened politely and nodded, and that’s when Mr. Gallagher noticed the student’s fingers moving on his lap.


Courtesy of Hrvoje Tomić at

Courtesy of Hrvoje Tomić at

He was texting while being reprimanded for texting.

“It was a subconscious act,” says Mr. Gallagher, who took the phone away. “Young people today are connected socially from the moment they open their eyes in the morning until they close their eyes at night. It’s compulsive.”

Well, not only compulsive: the phone and texting are an extension of his brain and fingers. This recursive moment, this reverb, is typical of many Metalife examples.

Metalifestream first mentioned texting recursion on Twitter.


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