Too Much Texting Is Not the Cause of Dumbness
Dumbness is the cause of too much texting.
It never fails. When something new comes along and catches the attention of the Younger Generation ™, armchair shrinks appear with papers and telly vision interviews (before that, it was Marconi’s Magic Box; before that, Chatauquas; before that, drums) claiming that “It (whatever it is) is ruining our youth. Gasp. Horrors. (Book contract?)”
Read the story here.
Spurred by the unlimited texting plans offered by carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier.
The phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians and psychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation.
Frankly, the kids who suffer from anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation would find some way to do so if cell phones and text messages did not exist.
I know I did.
Update: Textiquette lesson here.