By any stretch of reality that I have ever known I would never call “texting” a sport. However leave it to LG and New York City to turn text messaging into a spectacle worthy of prize money. Just recently the finals of the LG US National Texting Championships were played and Kate Moore from Des Moines Iowa walked away the winner. Kate Moore is 15 years old and beat out of last year’s runner-up, 14-year-old Morgan Dynda. Ms. Moore’s prize? $50,000. While some may look at this as the end of the world as we know it the fact is that texting and text messaging are more and more a part of all our lives and increasingly the way we communicate; so why wouldn’t there be a competition of it?
For two days in New York City a television studio was turned into an arena of text messaging. There were 21 finalists who each competed in a variety of manners to get down to the final two teenage finalists.
One may ask themselves, “How does the LG US National Texting Championships actually work?” Glad you asked. There are five rounds of competition and contestants compete against all manner of adversity; from jumping obstacles on a treadmill to being blindfolded to being heckled by other people while correctly composing a predetermined text message.
The LG US National Texting Championships are obviously a young person’s game. I don’t think that any adult would be able to compete with teens with the same level of fervency. This phenomenon is also pretty interesting because the LG US Text Messaging Championships are something that is here today and will be gone tomorrow. What will the next big sport be for the next generation to replace text messaging? Text messaging was not here a couple of years ago and text messaging will probably be gone in short order as well.
Ms. Moore was very gracious in accepting the $50,000 prize. According to an article on the Wall Street Journal online page, Ms. Moore won the text messaging championships by being the first one to text an error-free modified chorus from the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” In keeping with her age Ms. Moore was quoted as having said, “I’m just like, completely stunned right now…you’d never think a girl from Iowa would win something like this big in New York.”
Up next for LG is the global World Cup in the fall with the winners from the United States, Korea, Brazil, and other countries participating in their global initiative.