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.
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.
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."
quote: I can excuse most of it for younger people -- like teens, because we all know how being a kid is like. But adults?
quote: In the past YEAR -- i've sent *maybe* 100 texts...in a year.