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Text Messaging: The Effects on Our Society

A Report By: Blake Hogan, Emily Gilbert, Megan Leckington, and Chris Morris

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Abstract:
In today’s day and age, most everyone in our society has and uses a cell phone. Most of those who use cell phones also use the SMS text messaging that these phones feature. This study takes a look at some of the effects and potential problems arising from the use of this text messaging. A survey of students and instructors at Lane Community College found that 70% of those surveyed believed that texting had harmful effects on students writing skills. However, studies that were analyzed found that texting is actually beneficial. While 54% of teenagers text others on a daily basis only 33% of teenagers talk to others face-to-face, yet it is too early in research to draw a conclusion on whether texting is harmful to their social skills. Most people know that text messaging while driving is very dangerous, yet the studies analyzed as well as the surveys conducted show that some people are still willing to take that risk.

Table of Contents:
Abstract…………………………………………………………………………………….1 Table of Contents………………………………………………………………………….1 List of Figures……………………………………………………………………………...1 Introduction………………………………………………………………………………..2 Methodology……………………………………………………………………………….2 Participants………………………………………………………………………………...2 Results…………………………………………………………………………………..3-18 Conclusion………………………………………………………………………………..19 References………………………………………………………………………………..20

List of Figures:
Edutopia.org Survey Pie Chart………………………………………………………….4 LCC Student Survey Bar Graph……………………………………………………......5 LCC Instructor Survey Bar Graph……………………………………………………..6 Texting Table 1…………………………………………………………………………...8 Texting Table 2…………………………………………………………………………...8 U.S. Map of Texting Legality…………………………………………………………….9 Teenager Social Interaction Bar Graph……………………………………………….10 Texting and Literacy Tables………………………………………………………...13-18

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Introduction:
Cell phones are becoming a modern day necessity, to the point where they are a must have for every teenager and adult. Human beings are growing increasingly attached to these devices, depending on them more and more for their communications with other people, job duties, and other daily activities that they must accomplish. One way that we are taking advantage of cell phone technology at a rapidly growing rate is through the use of text messaging. It seems that anywhere that you go where there are people you will likely see some of them glued to their phones screen, fingers typing away. In schools, malls, and cars we see them. On sidewalks, streets, and in crosswalks we see them, heads down typing away. Sometimes we may be one of those people with our fingers glued to our phones keyboard or touchscreen. What are some of the effects that texting is having on our society? That is the question that our group explores in this paper. We conduct surveys and take a look at scholarly and periodical articles, looking to find some of the effects that the modern day texting phenomenon is causing. We examine the impacts that texting is making on our language and writing skills, the impacts on teenagers and their social lives, and the dangers of texting and driving.

Methodology:
This study was completed through primary data research conducted by Chris Morris at Lane Community College, as well as secondary data analysis of data from the Edutopia.org Texting Survey. Instructors as well as students were surveyed and asked a series of six questions. Students and instructors had similar yet different questions tailored specifically to how text messaging affects them. Secondary research was conducted by analyzing data from different research reports and studies.

Participants:
A total of 94 Lane Community College students, and 27 Lane Community College instructors were surveyed. We did not keep track of the final count of men surveyed compared to women surveyed; however, close to an equal...
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