May 28, 2009

Texting May Be Taking A Toll

Filed under: Media,Parents,Youth Ministry — Neil @ 8:43 am

Texting has become a primary form of communication.  I average about 2,000 texts each month.  I’d guess that most of the teens in my ministry average more than 5,000 per month.  A few clear the 10,000 mark.

This article gives some really interesting points on the toll texting may be taking on us.

2 quotes that stood out to me from the article:

Psychologists expect to see teenagers break free from their parents as they grow into autonomous adults, Professor Turkle went on, “but if technology makes something like staying in touch very, very easy, that’s harder to do; now you have adolescents who are texting their mothers 15 times a day, asking things like, ‘Should I get the red shoes or the blue shoes?’ ”

Even though they text 3,500 messages a week, when they walk out of their ballet lesson, they’re upset to see their dad in the car on the BlackBerry,” she said. “The fantasy of every adolescent is that the parent is there, waiting, expectant, completely there for them.



  1. Had to let you know that Amy had a little of 12200 texts last bill. She was in school then!

    Comment by Vick — June 1, 2009 @ 8:40 am

  2. & I’m SURE there was no texting going on during school hours

    Comment by Neil — June 1, 2009 @ 9:20 am

  3. Surely not!! And as she would say “haha.”

    Comment by Vick — June 1, 2009 @ 11:50 am

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