Unformatted text preview: the teen is unavailable (for example, during doctor ’s appointments, class they get mad if I don ’t text back, like, five seconds later. It just becomes a problem.
In particular, teens expressed annoyance with other teens who "don ’t get the hint" when
they do not return a text message or who insist on trying to reach them at times when
they know the teen is unavailable (for example, during doctor ’s appointments, class
time, at night, etc.). As one girl related, l I hate like, especially when it ’s just me and my boyfriend hanging out, and my
friends will just text me over and over, ‘what r u doing?, what r u doing? ’ and they ’ll
resend it because they think you didn ’t get it when really you ’re just busy, and that ’s
when I ’ll turn [my phone] off. This was one of many stories teens related of friends texting the same message
repeatedly, over the course of just a few minutes, in an attempt to get a response, or of
texting question marks or "r u there?" messages if they do not get a response quickly
enough. Teens are also anno...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones