Teen Texting

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Texting and Teens in the Media

So the news is we have indefinitely entered a new zone of communication in the twenty-first century. “They do it at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in restaurants and while crossing the streets. They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their back. They do it so much their thumbs hurt.”(Hafner) Texting and teens has become a cause for concern. The stereotype of young chatty teens spending hours on the phone has faded. The interactions have been replaced with a kid hunched over a handset, tapping out texts, emails, or Facebook messages. Fox News aired a segment Sleep Texting a Growing Problem among Teens. The segment argued the relative health problems associated with teen texting and the virtual world. The newscast which featured Dr. Keith Ablow, expert physiatrist whom spoke about the dangers of the growing concern of teen’s texting. Dr. Ablow stated “A virtual life is incompatible with a healthy life”. Dr. Ablow argued that electronic devices are permeating every aspect of teen’s lives, while building a wall to define healthy humans. (foxnews.com) The phenomenon has even gone as far as teens sleep texting, which is a serious matter. “These devices are disruptive and fragmenting sleep for teens.”(Ablow) Texting is detrimental to the health of teens. Texting is causing sleep deprivation in young adults. Research in 2011 showed teens sent an average of 3,417 tests a month, 7 times an hour. 77% of teens own smartphones and are texting. The data is equivalent to an average of 60 texts daily. (Hafner)

This Fox news piece was very slanted. Fox news is a definite source of the media that loves to twist their news to make their point through bias. Stereo types of the always known irresponsible teen where depicted, but not all teens abuse cell phone privileges. It was delivered in a conservative view neither with the Dr. or the host open to a defense or adverse to change. Although it was a great...
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