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Unformatted text preview: bile youth culture" 6 that speaks as much with thumbs as it does with tongues. At one of our focus groups a teen boy gushed, "I have unlimited texts . . . which is like the greatest invention of mankind." His enthusiasm was hardly unique. Cell phone use and, in particular, the rise of texting has become a central part of teens ’ lives. They are using their phones to stay in touch with friends and parents. They are using them to share stories and photos. They are using them to entertain themselves when they are bored. They are using them to micro -coordinate their schedules and face to -face gatherings. And some are using their phones to go online to browse, to participate in social networks, and check their emails. This is the sunny side of the story. Teens are also using mobile phones to cheat on tests and to skirt rules at school and with their parents. Some are using their phones to send sexts, others are sleeping with buzzing phones under their pillows, and some are using their phones to place calls and text while driving. While a small number of children g...
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This document was uploaded on 03/12/2014 for the course INFORMATIO 101 at Rutgers.

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