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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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- Fall '13