How is texting affecting teens?

Texting and Risky Behavior

"A study released in 2010 by the American Public Health Association reported that hyper-texting; texting more than 120 times a day, can lead to an increased risk of smoking, drinking and drug use, physical violence and sexual activity. Of the teens surveyed, the hyper-texters were twice as likely to have experimented with alcohol and three times more likely to have had sexual activity than teens that messaged less often."

"A study completed by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine found that too much texting was a predictor of risky behavior like substance abuse, smoking and multiple sexual activity partners. In fact, teens who "hypertext" -- send more than 120 text messages per day -- were 43 percent more likely to be binge drinkers, 55 percent more likely to get in a physical fight, and 93 percent more likely to report four or more sexual partners."

Teens who text everyday tend to have a higher risk of a bad life in the future, when they get older and become an adult. When teens text all the time they are not going to do their homework, and have very bad behavior. They could also get into a lot of trouble with other people("Problems With Teens Texting Too Much.")("How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?").

Commentary #1


"The teen years, and the onset of puberty, bring on new challenges for both kids and parents. While your third-grader probably still thinks that girls are icky, your teen may be heading on a course toward his first romantic relationships. Electronics are quickly changing the way that teens relate to each other and develop these budding girl-boy interactions. Aside from talking on the phone and social media sites, technology allows for possible negative teen behaviors such as "sexting." Sexting refers to sending sexually explicit messages or photos through text messages. The Healthy Children website notes that roughly 20 percent of all teens admit to sexting. This type of behavior may seem romantic or pleasurable to your teen, but in reality can result in embarrassment or privacy violations."

Texting can cause very bad relationships, because teens could be sending very bad or inappropriate pictures to one another and they could get into a lot of trouble. Some kids have even said that they have done very bad things("Do Electronics Affect a Teenager's Behavior?").

Commentary #2

Work Cited

"Do Electronics Affect a Teenager's Behavior?" Everyday Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 May 2015.

"How Has Texting Affected the Social Lives of Teens?" LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 16 Aug. 2013. Web. 29 May 2015.

"Problems With Teens Texting Too Much." Everyday Life. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2015.