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Teens Text A Lot, Adults Worry

By John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Teens Text A Lot, Adults WorryI sometimes wonder if we’re not living in a mirror world every 20 or 30 years. Because it seems like that’s about the time period where some new technology comes along, and …

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Teens Text A Lot, Adults Worry

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  1. A very interesting post. Most likely by the time the data are in, teens will have moved onto the next technology! Also, does Twitter and Facebook give nervous parents more insight into their teens’ lives—perhaps more than they’ve had before?

  2. Good article, Thanks. my name Philip.

  3. Good article! Well, now I don’t feel so bad for canceling my teenage daughter’s unlimited texting plan and replacing it with a Tracfone prepaid plan. The late night texting was becoming a problem, hence the change. I see we’re not alone…

  4. texting is a great way for us teens to keep in touch. i love it.

  5. Very good article. The explosion of texting and the decline of interest in books among teenagers are not fads, and are not bad. They are merely symptoms of a new way of thinking and a new way of communicating. It is a different model. Their texting works like a radar screen, where people are constantly “pinging” each other, keeping the links in a much bigger network active and watching the information flowing in their radar screen. Take a look at (specially the preface: Writing a book about the end of books). I think you will like it.

  6. I’m in my late teens, and I have to confess that I text my mum just as often, if not more, than I text my friends. Half the time it is to organise transport from university (I have weird timetables), but sometimes I do ask her opinions on shoes and things.

    Texting is brilliant for last minute organisation, what time to meet friends and where sort of thing. I don’t think new technology takes away from social connections – I don’t know many people who would prefer to talk on Facebook as opposed to hanging out in real life.

  7. I text with my mom and a friend of mine. I also use text updates from Twitter to keep abreast of the news.

  8. Thank God someone could finally post a story about texting that doesn’t make ludacris claims

  9. i love texting but if were texting or not the communication between teens and parents wont change its the way a teen is brought up that makes the diffrence texts are a good tool i would totally text my parents if they knew how! >.< good post tho

  10. i like this post. My mum wont let me have texting and i truly don’t have a problem with it because i feel that i would lose the guts to talk to people face to face and would resort to texting which is dumb.

  11. Im 16, and as a result of differences with my parents, have no phone. I’ve gotten used to it now, but when it was freshly consficated, i really struggled – all my friends were socialising through texts and i couldnt. Having a phone really is a necessatity of modern life if you want to fit in.

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