Research + News | Topic: Texting

Bots, Gifs, and Emojis: How Teens Communicate in the Digital Era

The promise of technology has always been to make everyday tasks easier and faster. Once upon a time, this meant microwaves and remote controls, but now digital tools can cut just about every corner, including those involving communication. Read the full article here.

Kids Who Text and Watch TV Simultaneously Likely To Underperform At School

The more time teenagers spend splitting their attention between various devices such as their phones, video games or TV, the lower their test scores in math and English tend to be. Read the article here.

Text vs. Talk Gets Millennials’ Attention

According to a recent OpenMarket nationwide survey polling millennials on their communication preferences, millennials have an overwhelming affinity for texting. Read the article here.

Don’t Let Your Teenager Be The Next Kik Victim

Smartphone app popular among younger teens, Kik Messenger is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18-year-old man. Read the article here.

Compulsive Texting Takes Toll on Teenagers

Youngsters who check their phones continually, snap if you interrupt them and are so preoccupied with texting that they skip sleep and don’t get their work done may be compulsive texters.

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SOS Via SMS: Help for Suicidal Teens is a Text Message Away

With younger generations using cellphones less for actual conversation and more for text messaging, suicide prevention organizations are setting up ways that let distraught youths seek help that way. Read the article here.

New Survey of Teens Shows Parents Are Sending the Wrong Message by Texting While Driving

Teens report 2 out of 3 parents are texting while driving with them in the car. Read the article here.

Bedtime Texting May Be Hazardous To Teens’ Health

Many American teens text in bed, leading to lost sleep, daytime drowsiness and poorer school performance, a new study says.

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Compulsive Texting Associated With Poorer School Performance Among Adolescent Girls

Teenage girls who compulsively text are more likely than their male counterparts to do worse academically, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Read the full article here.

The Acronyms Teens Really Use On Social Media

Kelly Wallace, of CNN, talks to teens to find out what acronyms that are really using online. Read the article here.