Texting has become more and more popular among adolescence these days. Kids often text during class while their teacher is giving them a lesson, or at night when they should be asleep. But is all this texting causing a greater risk than the occasional thumb cramp? Yes.
In the fourth quarter of 2008, American teenagers were sending out an average of 2272 text messages per month, almost 80 messages a day, more than double the number of text messages from a year earlier. This significant increase in texting is leading many experts to suggest that such frequent texting causes anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation.
I have known kids that go to school and say they text all the time during class because their teachers are “boring.” Maybe if they actually tried to pay attention to the lesson they might find it more interesting. Instead, I have witnessed these former honor roll students that would be talked about for hours by their parents, turn into these slacker kids that barely pass their classes.
Additionally, psychiatrists suggest that due to late night texting many teenagers will develop sleep deprivation. This age group has already been found very common to develop sleep deprivation and texting will certainly not help them.
However, texting does provide some positives. For example, connectedness is one of these positive outcomes to texting. It allows many people to communicate and stay in touch with each other while being separated for varying lengths of time. This strengthens bonds between friends and promotes companionship.
Perhaps, adults and teenagers can come to some sort of compromise. A plan of sorts, that allows teenagers to have their cell phones and texting privileges, but not during school, or late at night during the week. This would hopefully raise the grades of the teenagers, but still allow them to feel as if they are not being punished. As for the “cell phone curfew,” this is to allow the teen to obtain adequate rest.
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