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14-10-2005, 16:17:24

A teenager is being treated for text messaging and e-mail addiction in what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Scotland.

The 19-year-old from Paisley, who did not want to be identified, said texting was like "a game of ping-pong".

In the space of a year, 'Steven' spent 4,500 on text messaging.

He was sending about 700 texts a week and resigned from his job after bosses found out he had sent 8,000 e-mails in one month.

Realising there was a problem the public sector union Unison referred him to a counselling service where he is still being treated.

Counsellors at the RCA Trust in Paisley said they have never seen anything like it in 25 years of treating addictions.

14-10-2005, 16:20:27
What does it mean if I think he's a hero?

14-10-2005, 16:22:12
not a thing.......he is the messias.

14-10-2005, 16:23:24
He is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!

14-10-2005, 16:26:49
Perfect timing :D

14-10-2005, 16:45:11
takes two to text surely, he must have been in conversation with some other people? unless he was just bombarding random strangers...

14-10-2005, 16:45:57
That's what I was wondering.

Nills Lagerbaak
14-10-2005, 16:54:58
and does 1 email to 8,000 people count?

14-10-2005, 17:07:46
Exactly. Takes one to text, and any number to receive.

A couple of dozen friends, a dozen texts to each during the course of the day.

Can't be arsed to do the maths but it'd add up over the month.

14-10-2005, 17:08:36
to 8000 people with a 35 mb attachement

Nills Lagerbaak
14-10-2005, 17:10:34
No more a waste of bandwidth than this site ;)

14-10-2005, 17:17:20
As an indication...

at my worst I make about 50 posts a day.

8000 e-mails in a month is like 266 a day!

14-10-2005, 17:20:59
Spam bot perhaps? Maybe he was sending out V--Ia-g-RA e-mails or something.

14-10-2005, 17:37:13
"On any one day, he was sending about 300 e-mails to his girlfriend. He was texting her every day and probably spending 20 to 30 a week on texts."

Mr Irvine said much of the problem ended when Steven split from his girlfriend.

Well, certainly the girlfriend's problem has ended...

John Doe
14-10-2005, 18:06:08
He's probably the reason why Gmail was invented.

Over 2654.373669 megabytes (and counting) of free storage so you'll never need to delete another message.

14-10-2005, 18:07:41
Originally posted by Funko
He is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy!


14-10-2005, 18:08:36
We will see more and more of this and eventually it will just be another addiction. Its a simple socially acceptable activity that allows people susceptable to compulsive disorders to go overboard.

Like gambling without the social stigma or the broken legs from not paying your debts.

14-10-2005, 19:02:14
If I would be his now ex-gf, I'd certainly break his legs for sending me so many mails.

14-10-2005, 19:14:02
he should have tried MMORPGs

14-10-2005, 22:04:54
No, he should not.

They are full up on tards already.

BTW, wasn't it a Scottish guy who won the world speed texting thing last year or so? What is it with that country and mobile phones?

The Shaker
15-10-2005, 01:24:36
I read this, and thought of funko.

15-10-2005, 01:33:43
I sure hope Funko is getting the oh so subtle message about not being a smothering knob in this thread.

15-10-2005, 14:02:24
Not smothering my knob in what?

16-10-2005, 15:23:46
Originally posted by The Shaker
I read this, and thought of funko. Funko can be fired for posting 8000 posts on the internets in one week.

16-10-2005, 17:08:39
Does he have to send all 8,000 messages to me?

16-10-2005, 17:42:52
I still think I'm a loser,

16-10-2005, 19:15:57
yaaaaay we know

16-10-2005, 20:39:49
S'okay all your friends are losers too

16-10-2005, 20:45:35
yaaaaay except that mrG guy, he is kinda brilliant and modest.

John Doe
17-10-2005, 14:48:21
I agree. As do all the other AEs.