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another one. One boy in middle school explained how looking at an incoming text is
almost like a reflex, which can be a problem in school: "[I] just did the natural thing to
pull it out and see who it was, and then the teacher took it." Not all messages on the cell phone are welcome.
Over half (54%) of teen cell phone owners say that have received spam or other
unwanted text messages on their cell phone. There were no meaningful differences with
regard to age or sex. The focus group participants indicated that these messages tend not to be from
commercial sources. Instead, there were many complaints about "spamming" from
other individuals. At times, this can border on harassment when individuals persistently
send unwanted text messages as a prank, causing some to react by turning their phone
off, sometimes for hours. This is noteworthy, considering turning the phone off is
otherwise unthinkable for many teens. Indeed, it is one of the only reasons teens
provided for turning their phone off. Some indivi...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones