texting and teens

By October 18, 2010Church

Teenagers send an average of 3,000+ text messages a month.  If you work with teenagers, I encourage you to read the article in the Wall Street Journal.  Here’s a quick excerpt.

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Texting’s rise over conversation is changing the way we interact, social scientists and researchers say. We default to text to relay difficult information. We stare at our phone when we want to avoid eye contact. Rather than make plans in advance, we engage in what Rich Ling, a researcher for the European telecom company Telenor and a professor at IT University in Copenhagen who studies teens and technology, has named “micro-coordination”—”I’ll txt u in 10mins when I know wh/ restrnt.”