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Teens and Texting. A Look Inside Their Texting Habits

Call Me Old, But I Don't Get The Alure Of Texting

My younger sister, who is almost 16, almost never talks on her iPhone. She texts. And when I say texts, I mean TEXTS.

I'm only 31, not too old if you ask me, but I've never gotten into using text messages like the young ones us it.

I'll use it occasionally here and there, but mainly I'll use my phone for... gasp.... a PHONE.

Maybe I am old and out of touch. Either way, with the new generation coming of age, we old fogies need to worry about the young ones and how they use their powerful communication tool. Because what they do can have serious consequences.

+Venture Beat's +Jolie O'Dell  wrote up a great piece about teens and their texting habits. It's a must read.
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Texting (like email) is asynchronous.

Actually I loathe getting unexpected phone calls. In fact I loathe it to such an extent I won't answer unless I know who it is, and I want to talk to them. 

Let's say you're talking to someone face-to-face. The phone rings. What's the caller saying?  "Talk to me NOW! I don't care what you're doing, stop and talk to me instead. NOW!"

Phone calls are basically rude.

We have a answerphone/monitor on the landline, so if someone starts to leave a message and we do want to talk to them (assuming the Caller ID doesn't tell us) we can interrupt and take to call. Otherwise we deal with it in our own time.

Again, unless I know who a call is from and I do want to talk to them I never answer my mobile either. They can leave a message if it's important. But I will schedule a call with someone if we need to talk.

Texts and emails do not demand your instant attention. Therefore they are not rude and are much more efficient.
 
That teenagers prefer to text vs talk makes them the new Silent Generation
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