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October 15, 2010 - Kylie Saari
A new report just came out showing teens average over 3,000 texts per month. It is higher for girls (over 4,000) and lower for boys (2,000), but anyway you slice it that is a lot of texting. When I saw the report, I tried to get bent out of shape about it. I mustered all my energy to rail on kids for not spending their time with actual people, for living a life constantly distracted, and for how easily and often they are probably offending their parents and employers (!) by interrupting actual interaction for electronic communications. But my mind only allowed me to marvel at how much reading and writing to amounts to. Surely, their grammar leaves much to be desired, and I am guessing there is little in the way of full, complete sentences. But as a writer and reader myself, I like to think of all the creativity it takes to abbreviate all those words into understandable language. And they are, in fact communicating with each other, albeit more and more with inappropriate material. When I was a teenager, I would spend hours on the phone. Literally, hours. My dad tried to cut the time down by requiring I stand at attention, thumbs on my seams, on one foot, the entire time I talked. I have impeccable balance. But my point is that nothing has really changed here. And with texting, although the kids is probably thinking about the conversation the entire time, at least between texts there is time for other things.
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