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Unformatted text preview: especially the lean channel of texting, is that it
lends itself to uninhibited behavior for some users. One girl in high school explained that
"many people use texting as a way not to do it face -to -face," indicating that some feel
less accountable when texting. As a high school boy put it, "People have bigger mouths
through text," making it easier for them to deliver threats and insults. Although they embrace text messaging, many teens also regret
messages they have sent.
As this report has detailed, text messaging has become a primary resource for
maintaining contact with peers and coordinating social life among teens. While most
young people in this study (and overall) embrace the utility of text messaging for
anytime, anywhere private exchanges, many experience feelings of regret about their
Pew Internet & American Life Project
use of this channel. Almost Teens and over a
half (47%) of teen cell phone owners reported regretMobile Phones | 152 text message they have sent. There is a notable trend by age, with 12 year -olds reporting
a much lower occurrence of feelings of regret (28%) than the rest. Regret over a text maintaining...
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