Are Old Guys Using Morse Code Really Faster Than Kids Using Text Messaging?

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  • John Carey February 13, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    This was incredible. You see Steve older is always better. :o)

    • steve February 13, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      It brought a smile to my face watching the old dudes beat the kids using old school technology.

  • Bunkerville February 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    Neat stuff! I still remember my flashlight I had as a kid with Morse code on it… never got too far.

    • steve February 13, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      I remember having walkie talkie’s with the mores code button and legend. We didn’t get too far with them either.

  • Cynical Synapse February 15, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    Ditto all of these comments! I’m glad the Morse code guys beat out the texters. All I can say is lmao!

    • steve February 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

      Me too! I thought it was great.

  • Learoy February 16, 2011 at 6:54 am

    .-.. — .-..

  • ManyNothings February 16, 2011 at 7:15 am

    I’d like to see the results between Morse Code and a phone with an actual keyboard. The phones being used here are pretty dated, I’m pretty sure that most phones with a full keyboard could beat Morse Code at this point.

    • Alethia March 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

      i agree, especially the dragging type keyboards they have now. plus the time it takes to send the actual message, they’re not instant

    • Steve March 21, 2011 at 5:17 am

      I would suggest not. A skilled morse operator could easily produce the keypresses required for each character quicker than a phone user can move from key to key to send their message. Of course the catch there is in ‘skilled’ operator; the phone has the advantage that anyone can do it.

  • James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil February 16, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I agree that was very funny. I do suspect learning to text is a bit easier than learning Morse code. Then, maybe after texting for over 30 years, those guys will be a bit faster at it? By then, texting will be old stuff, though. 😉

    • steve February 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

      You are probably right, that after the kids text for 30+ years they would get faster. But, I think the video was pretty funny.

      • James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil February 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Yes, the expression on the young guy’s faces was the best part. But I have to think those other guys were exceptional Morse operators. Even so, a fun thing. “D

  • luke February 16, 2011 at 7:24 am

    wonder how it would go with a newer style phone, with an onscreen keyboard? i think the onscreen keyboard would win

  • ε:ʚ ) February 16, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I demand phones with morse buttons!

    • steve February 16, 2011 at 5:52 pm

      Great idea!

  • mike February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    yeah, but once you use a qwert keyboard, texting is faster

  • Kevin March 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Texting is faster. The dude they chose to text was slow as hell 😀 Respects for morse code though.

    • Steve March 21, 2011 at 5:10 am

      And yet the evidence would point the other way.

  • Steve March 21, 2011 at 5:15 am

    What all you people saying “Oh, with a QWERTY keyboard texting would be faster” are forgetting is that the morse code is a continuous transmission and receipt, i.e. the recipient gets each character a fraction of a second after the sender types it. He also does not need to move his finger from key to key and can probably complete the several keypresses required (1 – 4, depending on letter) quicker than you can move from key to key anyway. Morse code also has the advantage that there is no character limit on what is sent. Where texting wins is ease of use, as no training is required to send a message, and on what characters can be sent, as the Morse character set is much more limited than the ASCII set allowed by texting.

  • kj March 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    i still dont buy it. i watched the video and then went back to where they start sending the message and i beat the morse code guys with my phone by about 4 seconds. the kid in the video is just a very slow texter

  • blip March 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    There’s a few things that were a bit off with this.
    1. They should have shown how far the texter had gotten.
    and 2. They should have used the world’s fastest texter vs. the words fastest morse coder. At least it would be fair. Cause, those guys can text ridiculously fast.
    Buuut, as others have said, it takes time for the text to send and be received where the morse code is almost completely instant.
    And lastly, Leno, you suck. The guy said it’s 170 years old, not 140. 😛 GO CONAN!