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To text, or not to text, is hardly the question for those born between the late 1970s and late 1990s. Text messaging is that generation’s communication of choice and is used extensively by other generations as well.
To say whether this keyboard thumbing is good or bad for our mental health depends on many factors, and for every texting research study with a negative outcome you can find a study with positive results.
Most researchers agree that today’s tsunami of screen technology has and will affect the development of children’s brains. There is speculation that people will lose the patience necessary for delayed gratification, and also the ability to tolerate mental stillness.
However, some academics believe the brain changes are an evolutionary inevitability, and at least one researcher refers to adolescent texting as tribal behavior. Teenagers of every generation have had their own tribal behaviors; texting is one of the current ones.
Whatever your opinion, experts recommend people of all ages unplug for part of every day to give their neurons a rest. While resting, you can look over some pros and cons for texting that have been discovered or suggested.
One study with adolescents defined hyper-texting as sending above 120 messages per school day. During a six-hour school day, that would average out to 20 texts per hour. No matter how many studies are run, common sense tells you that 20 texts an hour will disrupt a student's performance in school.
Though common sense will usually be all that’s required for texting guidance, you may want to limit your own, or a child’s texting if:
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