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Harpreet Singh Hazel Cooper-Watts English 101 November 16, 2011 Text Messages The ability to efficiently communicate is the fabric of our existence and the evolution of the human species. This capability allows humans to interact with one another and find ways to have their needs met. Without this ability, the expansion and growth of civilizations across the globe could not have been possible. In today’s society, innovative technology has become a relatively large portion of many lives. Because of these advancements in technology, various new forms of communication have developed. These inventions include the creation of text messaging through cell phones. This allowed for informal, nonverbal messaging across the globe. “In less than a decade, the use of mobile phone text messaging has become highly prevalent, particularly among teenagers and young adults” (Gera & Chen 2003). However, the need to articulate words to formally converse both verbally and through writing has gone unchanged. The use of text messaging has negatively impacted our society’s ability to effectively exchange ideas through formal writing and verbal communication. The up rise of text messaging began in 1999. One year later, in August 2000, US residents sent 560 million text messages. This number rose immensely by June 2008 to the point where 75 billion text messages were sent in the U.S. (Rautiainen & Kasesniemi, 2000). This rapid growth shows texting has an addictive nature. In a 2010 Pew Internet study, 800 teens ages 12-17 along with one of their parents were interviewed independently among nine focus groups. The study of American teens sought to determine how mobile phones, specifically text messaging, act as a centerpiece of communication. The study revealed that text messaging has become an increasing part of
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teens’ overall communication strategy. Text messaging frequency increased 35%, as teens aged 12 years old reported texting daily, while 54% of 14 year olds and 70% of 17 year olds text every day. The typical teen sends on average 1,500 text messages per month. (Lenhart et al., 2010). Mobile phones are becoming so addictive that a 2010 survey found that 8 out of 10 business professionals would rather give up coffee than their mobile phone (Bradley, 2010). After completing an alternate study, researchers found that those who text regularly displayed
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