Teen sets Guinness record for world’s fastest text

PTI Washington | Updated on May 16, 2014

A 16-year-old boy from Brazil has set the Guinness World Record for the fastest texting on a smartphone touch screen, typing a 25-word paragraph in just 18.19 seconds.

Marcel Fernandes Filho set the record on April 25 in New York City, however he was officially crowned the texting king by Guinness on Thursday.

Fernandes typed a 25-word pre-selected paragraph into his smartphone touchscreen in 18.19 seconds, just enough to break the record of 18.44 seconds set in January, CNN reported.

“The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human,” the paragraph read. The entire phrase had to be spelled and punctuated correctly.

Fernandes, a physics student, maintains that despite the Guinness record, he is not a texting junkie, the report said.

“Since I was a child I always loved phones, and still love smartphones today ...,” he said.

“But I don’t consider myself addicted to using smartphones, as I don’t spend all day using them,” said Fernandez.

Published on May 16, 2014

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