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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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Cell phones in school
By Curly on 4/20/2010 10:01:21 AM , Rating: 2
Students today use cell phones when taking test to get the answers inflating their grades allowing them to graduate with a very good grade average. The grades on their report card dose not reflect their knowledge though. The same thing happens in the college and university classrooms. Thus the US is graduating students without the full knowledge to fulfill their obligations in their professional field.




RE: Cell phones in school
By inighthawki on 4/20/2010 12:05:03 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know where you go to school, but it's not that easy to cheat where I go/went to school. It's usually glaringly obvious when someone is texting on their phone at a desk or table and trying to hide it, so a quick glance around the room would easily show who was cheating. Not to mention a lot of my professors here require that all of your stuff be put on the floor so u can't try to hide the phone anywhere. If people get away with it where you go to school then it's a pretty bad school or the teachers are really lazy.


RE: Cell phones in school
By mindless1 on 4/25/2010 10:59:21 PM , Rating: 1
That's one of the dumber things I've read recently. The US is the only nation with cell phones?

However, the US educational system up through undergraduate level coursework, as well as that of most 1st world countries does fail miserably at giving students the knowledge to perform in a professional field, but this cannot be avoided because there are millions of unique jobs that need done but not millions of possible tailored classes to teach in such an individualized way.


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