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Text Messages and Your Teen

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Teenagers across the country have gone text crazy. According to a report in the New York Daily News, text messages have now become the main way teenagers communicate with each other, trumping out phone calls, Facebook, and the “old fashioned” face-to-face conversation.

The average teen will send between 60 and 100 text messages a day. That’s over 1,800 texts a month!

Teens have created a whole new language for text messages, dropping out vowels and substituting numbers to shorten their words. The language has seeped into their tweets on Twitter or their statuses on Facebook. Occasionally a text word or two might show up in their high school essays.

Teenagers also face a new crisis: sending texts in their sleep. With text messages arriving all times of day or night, more and more teens are finding themselves replying to texts at 3 a.m. or sending a question to a friend before the sun comes up.

These teens are so attached to their cell phones that many say they would give up television, newspapers, or magazines for 24 hours but would never give up their phones.

These cell phones serve as their constant source of information. They are no longer seen as a luxury but as a necessity.

As more teens fire out text messages (some at the speed of one text every 90 seconds) parents are left to wonder:

  • How restrictive should a parent be on their teenager’s texting habits?
  • What will the bill look like?
  • Who is my teenager texting with?
  • Can it be good for his/her health?
  • What does the future of text messaging hold?

As with all technology, only time will tell.

The Statistics

  • 63% of teens communicate via text on a daily basis.
  • 43% of teens say the reason they have a cell phone is to text
  • 18 to 24 year-olds use the most minutes
  • African-American teens send the most texts
  • Girls send more texts than boys
  • 31% of teens say they never talk on the phone on a landline
  • 23% of 12 to 17 year-olds own a Smartphone
  • 52% say cell phones are the new form of entertainment
  • 80% say cell phones give a sense of security