Technology today has provided many with the ability to communicate without using words but with phones that have text messaging. Even though sending a quick note to friends and relatives, parents should be able to remove the ability of texting from phones because of the safety of teenagers from using texting as a measure of flirting and leading to anxiety and distractions in school.
I would have never imagined ten years ago life without a phone could be detrimental, but to a pre-teen especially in middle school or high school, it seems to be hooked to them at all times. Teenagers today have advanced communication that has many disadvantages to spoken language. In terms of miscommunication and becoming a threat to society and themselves, texting is becoming more popular.
I am sure many would disagree but text messaging should be eliminated by our phone service or be given the option to have it instead of most automatically having the ability to text. This has given our phone companies the ability to raise prices and parents being forced to pay for unlimited text messaging for teenagers that cannot go without texting daily. “According to surveys by AT&T Mobility and Verizon our teenagers send and receive an average of 2,272 text messages per month just in the fourth quarter of 2008”, according to the Nielson Company – almost eighty messages a day, more then double the average of a year earlier.
Texting may also be taking a toll on academics. The distraction in school seems to be creating an average of teenagers to fall behind in studies. “This is noted by physicians and psychologist, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school causing falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation.” (New York Times, 2009) Texting seems to have an impact on sleep from staying up late at night and texting friends. Getting the kids to bed at a normal time and removing all.