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Boys average 30 texts per day and skip punctuation

Mobile phone use in teens is currently at a very high rate and most of those teen users spend more time texting than they spend talking on their devices.

Unfortunately, texting has become such an integrated part of the life for teens and older drivers that texting while driving is something that many do without even thinking about it. According to some reports, people who are texting and driving are six times more likely to be in an accident.

new study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project has looked for insights into teen culture and specifically the prevalence of texting.

According to the study, texting among the teen population in the U.S. has grown dramatically since 2008. Texting has now surpassed phone calls, IM, and social networking for communication between teens. The study found that a full 3/4 of teens from 12 to 17 own cell phones today and that girls in the group typically send 80 texts per day and boys typically send 30 texts per day.

Study researcher Amanda Lenhart said, "Texting is now the central hub of communication in the lives of teens today, and it has really skyrocketed in the last 18 months." She continued saying, "We've kind of hit a tipping point where now teens expect other teens to respond to text messaging and to be available. There is definitely an element of text messaging that fits so seamlessly into their lives."

One key reason for the rise in texting among teens is that teens general expect each other to be reachable and to respond to text messages no matter if they are in class or under close watch of parents. One key finding of the study showed that 87% of teen cell phone owners sleep with or next to their phones so they can answer text messages during the night.

The study also found that girls use punctuation in texts and boys tend to forgo punctuation. Study author Scott Campbell said, "If a girl puts a period at the end of a text message (to another girl) then it comes across as she's mad." Lenhart added, "They have these practices because they've learned that texts can lead to misunderstandings. It's a deliberate thing and it's also part of a culture that's interested in differentiating itself from adult culture." 

While there are bans on texting and driving in many parts of the country for drivers of all ages, many teens are simply ignoring these bans and the evidence that shows texting and driving leads to more accidents. Police say that enforcing texting and driving bans is difficult because texting is hard to spot.

Teens simply say that no one will listen to the bans. Steven Bloch from the Automobile Club said, "What I would say is that texting and cell phone devices have become such a component of life for teens and for young people that it's hard for them to differentiate between doing something normal and doing something wrong."





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RE: Texts are just more convenient
By xDrift0rx on 4/20/2010 9:30:12 AM , Rating: 3
this guy brings up the point of texting. convenience.

you dont have to worry about being rude while sitting in a meeting to send a text message, or have a conversation to keep you awake during class. not only that but they are alwasy available unlike instant messengers where you can sign off, go away etc.


RE: Texts are just more convenient
By Smilin on 4/20/2010 1:22:47 PM , Rating: 1
Hey buddy just because nobody says anything to you while you are texting during a meeting doesn't mean they don't notice or that it's not completely rude.

...just a tip from someone who writes evals.


RE: Texts are just more convenient
By Hieyeck on 4/21/2010 11:48:58 AM , Rating: 2
... just a tip from the 21st century: "always connected and available".

Unless you don't work IT, which would mean you're talking to the wrong people on the wrong site.


By JediJeb on 4/23/2010 10:10:12 AM , Rating: 2
Since when is DT and IT only site?

Honestly I work as a chemist, and as a supervisor in research I am expected to be available when needed. But during a meeting the company policy is cellphones off, including texting. It makes the meeting go much faster then when constantly waiting for people to finish phone conversations and sending/reading text messages.


By kmmatney on 4/23/2010 1:43:25 PM , Rating: 2
There are tons of non-IT people at this site. I'm an X-ray scientist myself (although I spend about 33% of the time programming, so maybe that's IT).


By Smilin on 4/26/2010 1:34:35 PM , Rating: 2
"always connected" is not the same as "always available". Confuse the two at your own professional peril.

Oh, and non-IT people are more than welcome on this site. We're discussing an article on teenagers texting after all. I don't have too many of those in my dept.


By p05esto on 4/21/2010 12:14:22 AM , Rating: 1
Man, where I work if you even check your cell phone during a meeting that's very rude and people notice. If you text during a meeting your days are numbered buddy, lol. Kids.


By LRonaldHubbs on 4/21/2010 7:17:54 AM , Rating: 1
As the others above me said, if you're in a meeting and you are communicating with someone who is outside that meeting, you are being rude. Even though you're not disrupting others, everyone else can see that you're not paying attention, and that is rude.


By leuNam on 4/21/2010 8:48:56 AM , Rating: 1
I disagree. I've been handling meetings in class as well as a consultant in a firm, I know how rude it is when someone may be texting. I always say before the meeting starts to turn off their cellphones, or if it is that important get my attention so you may get excused.


RE: Texts are just more convenient
By Chocobollz on 4/21/2010 1:12:27 PM , Rating: 2
LOL I think you got it backwards. Texting while in a meeting is actually something which many would consider it as improper. And having phonecall in a meeting doesn't always considered as rude, especially when you already put your cellphone in silent mode as to not make a sound and you politely ask for permission for answering the call. That's what I called, a good manner, as opposed to "don't have a manner" when you just go texting in a middle of a meeting!


RE: Texts are just more convenient
By angryplayer on 4/22/2010 1:28:39 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, I didn't know people who don't work in IT browse tech sites. My bosses consider it rude to walk out of the meeting. Stay at the meeting cause no one wants to repeat what you missed when you walked out, even phone calls - just mute the damn thing. The only reason you walk out is for emergencies, personal or work.


By JediJeb on 4/23/2010 10:16:41 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, there are engineers, scientists (I am a chemist myself), IT, Teachers, Business Professionals, and just about any other profession you can imagine browsing here. For many technology is a hobby as much as a profession, for me it is both.


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