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Texting Champion: "Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off"

Think that all that texting is just a big waste of time? Think again! For 15-year-old Kate Moore, texting sure does pay:

"Let your kid text during dinner! Let your kid text during school! It pays off," 15-year-old Kate Moore said Tuesday after winning the LG U.S. National Texting Championship.

After all, she said: "Your kid could win money and publicity and a phone."

For the Des Moines, Iowa, teenager, her 14,000 texts-per-month habit reaped its own rewards, landing her the competition prize of $50,000 just eight months after she got her first cell phone.

Moore, with a speedy and accurate performance, beat out 20 other finalists from around the country over two days of challenges such as texting blindfolded and texting while maneuvering through a moving obstacle course.

In the final showdown, she outtexted 14-year-old Morgan Dynda, of Savannah, Ga. Both girls had to text three lengthy phrases without making any mistakes on the required abbreviations, capitalization or punctuation. Moore squeaked through by a few seconds on the tiebreaking text, getting the best two out of three.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jjBoZx5Xa2k8KUgHq8Io4Dt5VkJAD98S2SNO5 - via Technically Incorrect (Photo: Frank Franklin II/AP)

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At least they included capitalisation and punctuation. I often get texts that are all but useless 'cos they lack sufficient punctuation to remove ambiguities.
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WTH? o_O Good grief, can't something just be some stupid little thing without people making a competition out of it. Like that dumb cup stacking crap... seriously?
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