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Addiction in texting among teenager..
Common Sense Media, released a study, Do Smart Phones = Smart Kids? that helps
put s...
after school. Yet the rate of texting is so high because it often creates an ongoing
dialogue with a great deal of sending...
have received that they have gotten lost, arrived at the wrong time, been angry unnecessarily, and
even broken up over tex...
Texting & Its Positive Impact on Teens
by Alissa Fleck, Demand Media

While texting may seem like nothing more than anothe...
Addiction in texting
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Addiction in texting

  1. 1. Addiction in texting among teenager.. Common Sense Media, released a study, Do Smart Phones = Smart Kids? that helps put some numbers around the anecdotal evidence that kids love cell phones and use them differently than most adults. The fact that 83% of 17 year-olds owns a mobile phone was not surprising; the fact that they send or receive an average of 3,146 text messages a month was. It will be interesting to check back with these students after they enter college and/or the workplace and see if this phenomenon persists. I’ve been hearing for years now that “email is dead and only for old fogies”… but often wondered if the choice of technology is dictated more by financial constraints and peer group than by age alone. Besides lots of good information regarding creative uses of cell phones in the classroom, and recommendations for parents, teachers, and policy makers, the authors of the study also reported some interesting findings that seem to explain why younger students are so enamored with texting: Texting is cheap. While all students would love a smart phone, most have to settle for a plain vanilla cell phone for economic reasons. Also, voice minutes are often shared by the entire family, whereas (at least after that first shocking phone bill hits the mailbox) most plans offer a flat rate all you-can-eat text option. Mobile email or IM isn’t an option. With no smart phone, email or IM is something that has to be conducted on the family computer… a shared resource with restricted mobility that is far from private. Families report children sitting in the backseat of the family car texting each other just so mom and dad can’t hear the conversation. Texting is a social activity. Texting picks up for girls around 11 or 12, and when boys get their first girlfriend. The study’s authors compare most text content to be more a “tap on the shoulder” than significant conversation. It is a way of feeling close to your friends, a part of the group, more like passing a note in class or making plans to meet
  2. 2. after school. Yet the rate of texting is so high because it often creates an ongoing dialogue with a great deal of sending and receiving before it is complete. Other than the possible injury to their respective thumbs, the report is largely reassuring that texting is simply a new form of relieving teen angst that recalls teens of another generation sprawled across their beds with their doors tightly closed speaking for hours on their princess phone. Those rich kids that got their own phone lines are now the kids who have the smart phones! It also means that texting may carry over into adulthood to a limited degree… but I still find myself asking myself, “Why don’t I just call them?” The Negative Effects of Text Messaging Put the Phone in Your Pocket Text messaging was intended to be a good thing. After all, it's quick, relatively cheap, and private. On a train for instance, text messaging isn't nearly as annoying as talking on your cell phone. However, there is enough negative to text messaging that it warrants pointing it out. The most important negative to text messaging in my opinion is a safety issue. Many states have made talking on a cell phone without a the use of a head set while driving a phone illegal. The fine can be hefty, as it should be. My own son had two pretty bad car accidents due to talking on the phone while driving. In one he escaped unharmed but the car was totally destroyed and he was extremely lucky. To be honest, I believe that text messaging while driving a car is even more dangerous than talking on the cell phone. If you think about how often a text messenger looks at his or her phone during the exchanges back in forth, I think you'll see my point about the danger. We all know that taking your eyes off the road is probably the most dangerous thing you can do while driving a car. Another negative to text messaging is that it's so impersonal. Unfortunately, some people carry it to such an extreme that it takes the place of other contact such as the phone or in- person conversation. I personally know people who have so totally misunderstood the messages the
  3. 3. have received that they have gotten lost, arrived at the wrong time, been angry unnecessarily, and even broken up over text messages. The problem seems to be that you can't see the face of the person who is text messaging you nor can you hear the tone in their voice. Teenagers will text message during class or try to get away with it because they set their phone on silent or vibrate and believe the teacher won't detect what is going on. What is going on anyway? That's hard to say but a good guess would be it isn't good. First of all, they aren't paying attention in class or doing classwork. Secondly, they could be cheating. Thirdly, they could be simply making social plans but for certain they are being rude to the teacher. Being rude? You know how annoying it is to be out to dinner with someone who takes every cell phone call they receive during dinner? Text messaging isn't anymore polite in my opinion. The point is, it still requires a lack of attention to what is going on around you, specifically in this case the conversation you are having with your date, your boss, your spouse or child. There is no excuse for rude social behavior. Text messaging has become so rampant that it has become another negative thing to do while in a social or business situation. I'm not suggesting to never text message. I am suggesting that it isn't necessary to text constantly and in situations that are dangerous, rude or risky. Put the phone in your pocket and keep it there once in a while. You'll not only live, you will enjoy the company of others more often.
  4. 4. Texting & Its Positive Impact on Teens by Alissa Fleck, Demand Media While texting may seem like nothing more than another distraction for our fast-paced youth, it turns out this rapid means of communication may be more than just a nuisance. Researchers have found there are actually positive effects of texting for teens, from improved language skills to emotional relief, and even added benefits for the especially introverted teen. Language Skills A study published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology in 2010 found texting could positively impact reading and language development. Contrary to the notion that texting could be detrimental to teen literacy, the study found the use of text-speak, or language specific to text messages, was positively correlated with reading ability. The study also noted the use of this text-speak did not carry over to misspellings in academic work and posited the fun associated with texting for young people contributes to greater literacy simply because it encourages teens to interact and engage with the written word. Emotional Relief A study conducted by Israeli researchers and published in "Computers in Human Behavior" found when communicating digitally, teens who begin chatting in a distressed state often experience a reduction in negative moods after talking with a friend. The study reveals teens who regularly text—or converse via the similar instant message—may experience emotional relief and even strengthen their bonds with friends in a way that is supplementary to inperson relationships. They may feel more comfortable opening up with the greater sense of comfort and anonymity this digital barrier provides. Introversion "TIME" magazine offers that texting and other means of electronic communication have positive effects for introverted teenagers. It allows teens who are overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions, but not the most socially savvy, to get straight to the point with friends without having to make uncomfortable small talk or converse in large groups, which may be an additional source of discomfort for the introverted teen. Teens surveyed by the NYU Child Study Center noted they were able to use text messaging to talk to their friends about everything. Texting allows teenagers to say things they might be uncomfortable bringing up in person, helping introverts better reach out to others and express themselves. Just One Piece While Amanda Klein of The Huffington Post notes texting can have positive impacts on maintaining relationships, she explains texting is best when used in conjunction with other forms of communication, including face-to-face interactions. Text messaging alone allows people to relay information quickly and make and document basic plans. When texting is implemented alongside in-person socializing, relationships remain more grounded in reality. Teens can use texting to further develop and sustain relationships that already exist.

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