Latest smartphone craze: texting your "number neighbors"

Latest smartphone craze: texting your
The smartphone era means that we all have the ability to entertain ourselves wherever we are and at any time. If we want to watch any episode of great older shows like House or NYPD Blue or a reality series like 90 Day Fiance or live news from CNN, it's all just a few taps away. We can even plug in some earphones (or use wireless earbuds) and listen to some great tunes like Ventura Highway, Barely Breathing or Walter Reed. And those more ambitious can create their own content using the camera on their handset and some apps.

Even though smartphones have a cornucopia of entertainment options, they don't appear to be enough to satisfy a group of device owners who have created the latest trend, texting their "number neighbors." CNN reports that this fad involves using a person's own number up until the last digit. The last number used for the text message is one higher or one lower than the number belonging to the person who is sending the initial text. For example, if your number is 212-555-1212, you would text a message to 212-555-1211 or 212-555-1213. The idea is to meet a random stranger who just happens to be lucky enough to have a phone number similar to yours.

As with any type of random encounter, sometimes a connection is made and friendships are formed. So far though, we haven't heard about any marriages that resulted from a text to a number neighbor. And of course, there are some who don't want to be bothered by chit chat they are receiving from a person they don't know. As one person recently tweeted, "How did we go from 'don't talk to random strangers on the internet' to 'hey I'm your number neighbor.'" One person said that he discovered that he was the number neighbor of former President Barack Obama, although we have to call bs on this.

So don't be surprised if you receive a text from your number neighbor. Whether anything comes from it, well that is up to you and your new friend. After all, some long term relationships have started with even less meaningful encounters.



1. j_grouchy

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

What could possibly go wrong...?

2. alanrock

Posts: 326; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

You talkin' to me ? ...

3. kplayon

Posts: 57; Member since: Mar 02, 2018

now a ton of people will know obama's number.

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

It's not him. The picture is cropped out from an older picture. 10 seconds of research by PA would have found this but why put in the effort?

7. Alan01

Posts: 638; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Did you not read the story? We called it bs. The caption, too. I know you're looking at the story, so why not put in the effort to comprehend the words written. Regards, Alan

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Of course it's BS, any idiot knows this but why don't you put in the effort to show why you think it's BS. Or, better yet, don't include it if it's BS and doesn't add anything?

4. Vadermando

Posts: 26; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

All my number neighbors have called me to sell me car/health insurance and/or beauty products.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6861; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Seems like a very creepy 'craze' to me...

9. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Interesting idea but I'll pass.

12. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

My rule is that if a phone number calls me and I don't have that number in the contacts list, I simply don't bother answering. If they insist, I keep pressing the red button until they realized that they have to send me an sms saying who they are and what they want. My life is so much better after following this simple rule. If someone really wants to reach you and you don't answer, they'll eventually send you an sms..

13. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Also if they're serious they can leave a voicemail too.

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