“Texting” SMS messages is the number one hobby in Saudi Arabia, from funny sexual jokes to cheesy love messages! Those are the type of messages that take most memory space in Saudis’ cellphones. By coming up with phones that have their own mini keyboard such as the all-astonishingly amazing Blackberry, messages that used to take half and hour to type, now takes 3 seconds to type and hit send. The best sound of melody that any Saudi will enjoy is the sound of their phone’s ringtone when they receive a random message. It is like receiving a gift on your birthday, you don’t know what it’s going to be… hoping it will be something worth your excitement!
In 1994, the telecommunications industry came up with a new technology called “Bluetooth”. Bluetooth technology took SMS messages to a new level; and for Saudis, it changed the perception of data transformation and it took Saudi Arabia by storm. For many Saudis, a phone with no Bluetooth (which is impossible to find one nowadays), is like a car in Saudi with no A/C.
We might be heading into an era where people don’t speak or it seems as though they have forgotten how to speak directly with each other and start communicating with text messages and some weird symbols!