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Unformatted text preview: 8% of the older teen boys and 17% of the oldest girls said that they never
text friends. This gender trend is reflected in comments from the focus groups about how and how
often boys and girls text. As one younger high school -aged boy explained, "You ’ll still
text your boys, but, at the same time you don ’t want to be sitting there going back and
forth hours on end just about gossiping or whatever. It ’s just not, it ’s not the way they
do it, I guess." In fact, several respondents explained how girls tend to be more avid
texters, not only in terms of frequency of messages, but also with their use of language,
punctuation, and emoticons. Another boy commented, "Girls text really weird, like the Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 52 spelling. It ’s all like dollar signs. A lot of exclamation marks." Boys, on the other hand,
are less prone to use emoticons and other indictors of tone in their (oftentimes brief) do it, I guess." In fact, several respondents explained how girls tend to be more avid...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.
- Fall '13