Teen bests his own world record for texting speed
NEW YORK - A 17-year-old from Brazil solidified his title as fastest text message typist on the planet as he used an iPhone 6 Plus to best his previous Guinness World Record earlier this month.
Marcel Fernandes Filho used the Apple device with the Fleksy keyboard app on Nov. 7 to type the Guinness-required phrase - "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" - in 17 seconds flat.
A Guinness adjudicator was present to verify Filho's new record which came in at 1.19 seconds faster than the previous world record, set by Filho earlier this year in May.
For his previous thumb sprint, Filho used a Samsung Galaxy S4 phone with the same keyboard app. The teenaged text messaging speed demon may want to limit his texting time though as a recent paper from health officials suggests that "text neck" is reaching epidemic status among avid smartphone users. The condition results from the head-down position users often adopt which medical experts warn could lead to spinal injury later in life.
You can watch the teen's record breaking run on YouTube by clicking here.