I recently heard that kids as young as 7 are been given mobile phones now, with few reaching 12 years old before having the device glued to their palm. So what does the future hold for these children? Perhaps Ireland will top the rankings at a future Texting World Cup.

Yes there’s a Mobile World Cup that rewards the world’s fastest texter with $50,000. Not to mention there are national texting finals. Crazy eh? Apparently South Korea were the reigning World Champions until this year.

Sponsored by LG Mobile, the event has teams from 13 countries, texting in different languages – most of whom are teenagers. You have to text the 20 words that appear on screen as fast as possible – each word is assigned a score based on keystroke difficulty.