Are Text Messages The New Lipstick On The Collar?

December 09, 2009 ABC NIGHTLINE Text messages are the new lipstick on the collar, the mislaid credit card bill. Instantaneous and seemingly casual, t

December 09, 2009 ABC NIGHTLINE

Text messages are the new lipstick on the collar, the mislaid credit card bill. Instantaneous and seemingly casual, they can be confirmation of a clandestine affair, a record of the not-so-discreet who sometimes forget that everything digital leaves a footprint.

This became painfully obvious a week ago when a woman who claims to have had an affair with Tiger Woods told a celebrity publication that he had sent her flirty text messages, some of which were published. It follows on the heels of politicians who ran afoul of text I.Q., including a former Detroit mayor who went to prison after his steamy text messages to an aide were revealed, and Senator John Ensign of Nevada, whose affair with a former employee was confirmed by an incriminating text message. From the New York Times

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