“Text messaging is perfect for moms because it doesn’t require a BlackBerry or high-end data device, but can be used on any phone,” said Roger Entner, a senior vice president at IAG Research.
(The full article, which other than this stupid snippet is actually quite good can be found here.)
IAG Research is supposed to be “know” consumers, so the fact that the senior vice president of the company would say something so patently offensive is vexing. As I said when I first saw it, I cannot figure out exactly which way he was intending this sort of backhanded comment to go. Does he assume that all mothers are Stay-At-Home moms and thus not have the need for a corporate device such as a Blackberry? Or is he simply suggesting that women can’t figure out a “high-end device?”
On a bit of a side note, I continue to be amused at how texting is viewed as such a phenomenon here in the United States. Like it is some big mysterious thing. Yet get out of the States, and texting is just a way to communicate, no different than the way e-mail is viewed here.
Some things just never go away – I am not one that is much on following the lives of celebrities and gossip, so I may have missed the real point of this article over at Fame Crawler (well not entirely, but it is not my point here) about Jennie Garth possibly getting cast over Tori Spelling in the new 90210 series. What got me is… THEY ARE MAKING A 90210 spinoff !! Yikes!
Can we talk?Â – Perhaps I have had my head in the sand, or hopefully I am right that I don’t need to worry about this quite yet, but Liz over at This Full House, has an excellent post with lots of resources about talking to your teens about drinking.