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calling that much. Texting is used in situations when it is discourteous, or even prohibited, to talk on the
cell phone. For example, when teens are at the movies, in a public setting — or indeed
during the focus groups held for this project — it can be socially awkward to conduct a
voice call. In some cases texting can be a type of advanced note -passing to people who
are close by or in the same room. The fact that texts mask the conversation means that
they can serve as a "back channel" for interaction. When asked if she ever texted to
people who were sitting nearby, a middle school girl said: l I only do that when it ’s like, you ’re on a double date or something, and you ’re like,
‘Oh how ’s it going with your guy? ’, And they ’re like, ‘Oh I need to get out of here
he ’s so annoying. ’ Like you ’re hanging out in a huge group and you have a problem
with one of the girls and you text your other friend. That ’s the...
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