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Unformatted text preview: n, they are the pranks of bored friends or mischievous
siblings. Other times, they are friends reaching out to chat. At those times, some teens
feel obligated to respond. As one high school girl explained, "Our friends are texting
constantly, and the people will wake me up at like midnight and I have to like wake up
and talk to them or like they ’ll think I ’m mad at them or something." Feeling obligated to stay connected
The social expectations that are created by constant connectivity are not lost on teens,
and are evident in some of the excerpts above. In addition, during the focus groups,
teens related many stories of friends and acquaintances who get insulted, angry or upset
if a text message or phone call is not responded to immediately. As a result, many teens
we heard from said they feel obligated to return texts and calls as quickly as possible, to
avoid such tensions and misunderstandings. Several teens spoke to the perceived obligation that accompanies cell phones to always
be reachable. One high school girl explained her frustration at these expectations: l That is one aggravating thing I find about phones …when it gets to the point where
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13