Has Texting Replaced Talking?
New study suggests teens spend more time texting than having face-to-face conversations.
For teens today, it is so much easier to use their thumbs rather than their mouths to communicate with their friends. At least, that’s what the new report “Teens and Mobile Phones” released yesterday by the Pew Research Center suggests.
Out of 800 teens, ages 12-17, only 33 percent talk to their friends face-to-face on a daily basis, while 54 percent text. And all this texting is really adding up. According to the study, half of teens are sending a staggering 50 text messages per day, for a grand total of 1,500 texts a month (that’s a lot of thumb work!). Don’t even get us started on the one in three kids who send out 100 texts a day…
What does this all mean? Have the younger generations lost all social skills, or is it just that texting is so convenient? It probably works much better than passing notes in class, but outside of school, you would think teens prefer to actually hang out with their friends instead of spend the night alone with their phone. Hopefully, like everything else in those awkward teenage years, they’ll grow out of it. (Pew Internet, AOL News)