First there was the text, and it was great. It was the best way for those of us who loathe talking on the phone to get around it, but still be able to communicate with those outside our head. It was only a matter of time before drunk texting, just like drunk dialing, would come into play — and it did, and I’m sure more than a few of us face-palm the next morning over our texting indiscretions.
Next on the menu was sexting. Initially sexting seemed like a fun idea to show someone whom you want to do the sex to that yes, you do have a perfect set of boobs, and oh, wow, look at flexible I can be! As we all know, that became a major disaster and continues to be so. When are we all going to stop that nonsense? (I say as I prepare to send my next sext to some poor soul.)
And now we have sleep texting. Yes, people are texting in their sleep, and not just teenagers as originally thought, but the rest of us, too.
In a world where we’re all obsessed with our phones — I sleep with mine under my pillow as if it’s just another one of my stuffed animals — it more than makes sense. As Katherine Bindley at Huffington Post points out:
With sleep texting, the beep of a cell phone lightly awakens a person, so he or she will reach over and respond to a message (sometimes with jibberish). However, the person has no memory of having done so in the morning.
Great. So basically, one of these nights you’re going to get a text from a boss or work associate, reach over to text back, while you’re probably mid-sex dream that involves your boss or associate, so you’ll text them jibberish-like craziness about how you want to give them oral sex tomorrow. Then you’ll be charged with sexual harassment, you’ll lose your job, your house, your friends and no one will let you near their kids or even their pets. So you’ll end up on a corner somewhere panhandling and trying to convince those who walk by that it was all because of sleep texting, and they’ll just stare at you and think you’re crazy.
So the lesson here is put your phone faraway from you when you sleep. If this ”on call effect” is happening to others, it can happen to you.