I’m not a fan of texting. It’s a time consuming distraction that can cause accidents and even take lives. I haven’t had a cell phone for a few months now and I am not missing it one bit. Even when I did have a cell phone I rarely used the text feature.
The NY Times has a piece on texting and the toll it may be taking on teen’s lives:
They do it late at night when their parents are asleep. They do it in restaurants and while crossing busy streets. They do it in the classroom with their hands behind their back. They do it so much their thumbs hurt. […]
The phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians and psychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation.
While there may be something to be said about the benefit of instant communication that texting offers in some cases, the drawbacks seem to be mounting when it comes to texting. California has a hands free law for drivers and other states are looking to implement similar laws. Perhaps it’s time for Congress to look at the issue too.
[* Cross posted on Bohemian Women]