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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Text-Messaging and Teenagers

"Texting May Be Taking a Toll on Teenagers," says the New York Times, "leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation." The article reports that American teenagers sent and received on average 2,272 text messages per month, or almost 80 messages a day. The article highlights a girl who texted 14,528 times in month, or (by my calculation) approximately 470 times a day. The girl's thumbs and grades were deteriorating, so her parents have had to impose some limits: she's now only allowed 5,000 texts a month.

Now I text on occasion, but this is mind-boggling to me. How is it even humanly possible to text message as much as these teens?

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