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Kid Wins $50,000 for … Texting? (VIDEO)

Kid Wins $50,000 for … Texting?  (VIDEO)

Are you constantly struggling to get your tween or teen to put down his phone?

17-year-old Austin Wierschke of Wisconsin garnered $50,000 yesterday for his texting skills as the winner of the U.S. National Texting Championship. The competition, held in New York's Times Square, challenged competitors' dexterity, accuracy and speed. Austin won the competition by typing a 149-character message with correct punctuation, capitalization, and symbols in only 39 seconds.

Wierschke's explanation for his unusual talent might surprise: "I like texting because you think more about what you say."

Image Source: MSNBC

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