Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Text Crazy

Susannah Cahalan writes in the The New York Post about a teen who sent 14,528 messages - in a month. Here's a snip:
Reina had a karaoke birthday party, and while other people were singing, she was texting her best friend sitting right next to her.

She even texted her friends to brag about the high number of text messages she had logged when her parents got the statement.

Her texting soared last month because "it was winter break and I was bored," Reina told her parents.
And here's a useful fact:
The average number of monthly texts for a 13- to 17-year-old teen is 1,742, according to a Nielsen study of cellphone usage.
Here's more information about average text amounts: blog.nielsen.com (Nielsen Wire).

Read the entire article: This kid's a text maniac

More mobile phone craziness

Knife-Wielding Teen Enraged Over Cell Phone Punish: "Authorities were called to the home at about 3 a.m. Sunday. Police say the girl violently attacked the door while her parents hid in the bedroom. Investigators say it started when the girl's father took her cell phone away while she used it in her bedroom. The father suspected the girl stole money from her mother's purse to buy more minutes on a prepaid phone card."

Drivers beware -- kids crossing with cell phones: "A team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham reported on Monday that children who talk on cell phones while crossing streets are 43 percent more likely to be hit by a car than when their phones are turned off. . . [Despina] Stavrinos said in a statement that children who attempt to multitask while talking on a cell phone have 'reduced cognitive capacity to devote to potentially dangerous activities such as crossing streets.'"

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