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Texting Up, Talking Down Among Teens

Teens are texting more than they’re talking these days.  The volume of texting among teens has risen from 50 texts a day in 2009 to 60 texts.  The frequency of teens talking with friends has fallen.  But, those who text the most talk the most as well.

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“Sixty texts a day is a lot of communication, which is a good thing,” said Rutgers Sociology Professor Deborah Carr.  “If it’s being used as a substitute for face time, that’s when it becomes a problem.  If it’s being used to facilitate meetings in person, that can be a good thing.”

What are the positives of so much texting among teens?  What are the negatives?  Does it effect their school work?  Carr will answer these questions and many others tomorrow on New Jersey 101.5, check back tomorrow for the full report.

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