The mainstream media always seems to suggest that teens texting is not only annoying, but it's also a bad thing. Is this fact or media myth?
A new study out yesterday from Pew shows that texting is yet again on the rise, from 50 texts per day in 2009 to 60 texts per day in 2011. According to the survey, girls are not texting. It's all about boys. Older teenagers (ages 14-17) went from 60 to 100 texts per day. Boys increased number of texts sent per day from 30 in 2009 to 50 in 2011. Pew also notes that black teenagers increased their number of texts sent from 60 to 80 per day. Older girls still text more than boys, sending an average of 100 texts per day in 2011. It's useful to note that on the whole, 75% of all teenagers text.
The Pew study, for instance, points out in bigger, blue letters that teens' use of the phone - both cell and landline - has fallen. It does note that the heaviest texters are also the biggest talkers with their friends. So if the whole point is communication - and sometimes connection is better than actual voice-to-voice communication - does it matter that teen texting is on the rise? If anything, it might be a better way for parents and their angsty teens to stay in touch. Sometimes less is more.
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