Texting Rotting Teen Brains

By  |  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 9:55 am

As interpersonal commnication dies even further with our ever more voracious appetite for communicating by electronic means, the issue of health is coming back up once again.

Psychologists and physicians are beginning to worry that our teens are becoming distracted, sleep deprived, and even anxious as a result of an increase in the use of texting, the New York Times reports.

Studies are showng that some teens may be sending hundreds of texts every day. With such little time available during the day, you’ve got to think some of these kids are texting well into the night.

Long before texting, Moms were complaining about their kids not getting enough sleep. Their newfound affinity for texting is probably making that much worse. Some doctors are going as far to argue that texting is slowing the seperation process from our parents, as it allows kids to stay in touch with their parents that much easier.

The rise of text messaging is rather recent, so its really hard to say exactly if its having any kind of effect on our health. However, frequent texters are sometimes experiencing issues akin to repetitive stress injuries, especially in the thumbs.

Are we blaming too much on the kids, though? Look at some parents, connected to the world via their BlackBerrys and iPhones. Some of us are just as addicted to our devices, and you know what they say: people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.


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3 Comments For This Post

  1. David French Says:

    Hey great article. It will be really interesting to see how the effects of cell phones do affect the health of frequent users, seeing teens really are the first generation of frequent users. Anyway, I recently did just come across your blog, and really enjoy it.

  2. Josh Says:

    If it weren’t texting, it would be something else. The real problem isn’t the technology, it is the parents. Any child who isn’t old enough to be paying the monthly cell phone bill should not have complete freedom when it comes to technology use.

  3. csmai Says:

    Good article! Well, now I don’t feel so bad for canceling my teenage daughter’s unlimited texting plan and replacing it with a Tracfone prepaid plan. The late night texting was becoming a problem, hence the change. I see we’re not alone…