Meet a national texting champ -

Meet a national texting champ

It's not at all unusual to see people on their cell phones. Usually when they're over 35, they're talking, but when they're younger, they're usually texting. Many young people admit they are spending far too much time on their phones. Sometimes that gets them in trouble, but here's a real exception to the rule.

Erin Fink is a national texting champ. Young people want to be just like her - she was destined for greatness when it came to texting.

Fink started texting when she was 10 years old after her parents separated. They gave her the phone so that she could remain in touch with both of them at all times. They had no idea it would turn into something so big.

Fink beat out more than half a million people in an MTV texting contest. 

"They had a commercial on MTV and you had to be the first person in the United States to text it back accurately and I did. So they flew me up to New York City and I competed. Over 500,000 people tried out and I placed second," said Fink.

"Her mom was a typing champion. She did it for schools and went national. She may have gotten those skills from her mom," explained Erin's father, Paul.

Fink also perfected her craft in those same classes in which her mother excelled.

"I had taken keyboarding in elementary school and I got really fast at typing on keyboard. The keyboard for computer is just about the same for phone. So I think it just came naturally for me to be fast at texting," explained Fink.

This former top speller also prides herself in being accurate.

"I type out everything. I don't use abbreviations. I can't stand them. The only one I will ever use is LOL and rarely do I laugh out loud. It's just something to put in there," she explains.

Fink admits she normally spends about 10 hours a day texting. As many as tens of thousands of text messages pass through her phone every month.

But she hasn't let texting consume her life. The homecoming queen remains at the top of her graduating class, where she's also an all-around athlete, playing softball, soccer and volleyball.

"I have always been very hard on myself. I don't like to fail. I don't like to do bad at anything and I will keep trying until I get something perfect. Whether sports or my grades, I try whatever it is to do my best to succeed," says Fink.

Erin's father says she was born with that drive.

"When she was a little kid, even doing homework or drawing something, if there was one thing wrong, she would crumple up the paper. If it wasn't good enough for her, she would throw it away. She has always done it on her own. I have never had to push her for anything," recalls her father.

While 10 hours of texting a day is too much for most young people, Fink has mastered it all while making sure it does not take over her life.

"There are a lot more important things for me. Texting has done a lot, but there are still so many different things in my life that are so much bigger than that like school, work, my family," she says. "Everything is more important than texting."

"I could not be prouder of her," her father adds. "She's just moving along at a good pace in life. She hasn't lost track of the important things and she hasn't let other things go just because she is on the phone. If she did, that phone would be gone."

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