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Americans age 18-29 send an average of almost 88 texts per day, and that number is rising.

Discussion:  With the increasing popularity of text messaing, our young adults may be missing out on certain aspects of their social lives.  Psychologists are worried that America’s youth aren’t developing their social skills the way that they should, and that they may be harming or missing out on certain relationships.  By controlling exactly what we say in texts and emails, and eliminating the need for chit-chat, texters may hinder the development of their face-to-face interpersonal skills, causing them to be emotionally stunted.

Date:  August 31, 2012

Source:  CNN News

Link:  http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/31/tech/mobile/problem-text-messaging-oms/index.html

Discussion Questions: 

  • Are text messages harming our society’s social interaction?
  • Why do people use text messaging instead of, or in addition to, talking on the phone?

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