The invention of text messaging has revolutionized the way in which people can communicate on a regular basis. From the early 90’s simple message of “Merry Christmas” to today’s smart phones that literally allow a person to “draw” the words they wish to send, the advancement of this piece of technology is astonishing. The power that it gives to society is nothing short of awesome in that it allows for instantaneous, efficient means of having a conversation. However, with this great power that text messaging offers society; there comes a great deal of responsibility for correctly and safely using it. People need to be able to efficiently manage the use of their text messaging. We must be able to hold ourselves accountable for texting at appropriate times. We have to be able to know when it is a right and wrong time to engage in texting. If we do not, the government will continue to have to waste its time, effort, and resources to ensure that individuals are not abusing the power of text messaging. So, it is on a personal level that society must correctly use this awesome power. When driving a car, a person must have the clarity of mind to put down their phone. When their body physically hurts from over texting, they must put down the phone and take a break. We have to remember that our relationships are real, physical things with others and are not confined to only being used on a cellular phone. The text message has so many potential upsides that it is crucial that society learns to be responsible with this power. Only then, can we realize the full potential that the text message has.