Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Folly of Texting

There have been a number of stories in the press lately on the follies of texting while doing almost anything else. One of the more recent involved a Boston trolley crash that injured 20 people. The 24-year-old trolley operator acknowledged he was texting his girlfriend at the time of the crash.

Now comes a story in today's New York Times. It reports that American teenagers sent and received an average if 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008. This worries psychologists and physicians, who say obsessive texting is leading to anxiety, distraction in school and sleep deprivation. All of which is a grand way to make more errors.

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