Texting—making kids sick?

Doctors worry about negative impact of texting on teens

Doctors are saying that the near constant texting so many teens engage in could be making them ill. Bad grades, anxiety, sleep problems and even injuries to the hand and fingers may all be caused by the over 2,000 texts a month the average teenager sends. With unlimited text plans from many wireless carriers, it’s easy to send messages in class, leading to distraction—or to get them late at night, leading to sleep problems. According to one psychologist, texts may even change how teens develop and grow away from their parents, as they can now stay in near-constant communication with mom and pop. Not enough research has been done to reveal what health risks definitely do or don’t exist, but at the very least, doctors say a ring or a buzz every thirty seconds must be bad for the brain.

The New York Times

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