Unformatted text preview: reements with friends, as well as in
romantic situations. Some teens simply prefer to text with friends, for the clarity that words on the screen
can bring, and the removal of the awkward moments found in phone conversations.
This is the way one high school boy explained it: l Some people are bad at talking on the phone, like some people just really want
silence and don ’t really want to talk. Like when I text I can just say what I want to
say and I don ’t have to constantly be talking. If I have nothing else to say then I will
just stop texting you. Or if we just run out of stuff, we just stop texting. Whereas on
the phone you attempt to just keep on …I mean on the phone, you always try to
make the conversation go longer —if you are talking to somebody, not if you are
calling to ask for something. So, it depends on who I am talking to. Some teens also report choosing texting over calling because it gives them more time to
craft a message or respond in tough situations. As a high school girl noted: l It just occur...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones