Textaholics

The video can be found from the link above.

Looking up videos concerning texting, I assumed the majority would involve the dangers of texting and driving and cover stories of angry parents fed up with their child’s connectivity. While searching for a worthwhile video, I managed to find one with the most intriguing and possibly the funniest title, “Teens Addicted to Texting? Real-Life Textaholic Cases Exposed”. Sounds serious. I want to point out before analysis that throughout the video’s entirety—three minutes and twenty-four seconds; the background noise was made up of people texting, a clear and impactful choice for the video.

The teenagers highlighted in the video text all day, all the time. The first girl, Reina, is at the young age of 13, has a record of 14,528 sent texts a month. According to the video (which sited its source as Nielsen Mobile), the average 13-17 year old sends over 1,700 texts a month. Curious to see how I compared to them, I checked my own texts sent for this month—a low 1,230. Luckily I’m not in that age group; otherwise I’d be a disgrace. I don’t think I even had a cell phone until I was 14 or 15.  The number of texts made me wonder what trivial conversations these young teens could possibly have with each other. She stated her normal texts were “hi, hey, oh my gosh, I think he likes me”. Pretty compelling conversation. Getting that same conversation about a thousand times? I don’t know if I’d even want to have a cell phone. According to Reina’s parents she does enjoy actual face-to-face conversations with people, and is very involved with school, which I find a bit strange. When does she even have time to text? Who knows. Reina, while being interviewed said that texting is an escape from her parents, and she found comfort in ‘talking’ to her friends. Luckily enough, Reina’s fingers get to take a rest when she goes to her dad’s house where there is no signal. I hope as she matures that she realizes that sending that many texts probably isn’t necessary.

Let’s move onto the second girl, Rachel. Her record number of texts for one month?  36, 666. I did the math—that’s one text for every 84 seconds (a minute and 24 seconds). I literally cannot comprehend how or who she manages to text so much. To further astound viewers, she shows that she can text upside-down, behind her back, and without looking. I can’t decide if that’s ridiculously cool or one of the saddest things I’ve seen. Her parents, just as Reina’s state that she is very involved in school. I however, can’t understand how that is possible. She says that she even texts people sitting next to her in class. Is that really necessary. One text every 84 seconds? I imagine she has a hard time paying attention in class. Or she is one hell of a multi-tasker. Rachel says that she will wake up in the morning, look at her outbox, and see that she sent texts in her sleep that she doesn’t remember—is that even healthy? However, she does get one day of technological rest. Her family is Orthodox Jewish, which requires for them to stop using electricity at sundown on Fridays (until sundown on Saturdays). I can only hope that the girls realize that texting may be fun, but it is not necessary to send that many texts messages a month

I personally think that I text a lot. However, after watching this video I’m a bit wary about the amount that I text. Not only that but I’m worried for the kids a little younger than me that are so technologically tuned in—especially the ones texting a ludicrous amount. A line that was said in the video really stood out to me pertaining to teens that are “physically present but emotionally absent”. I know for a fact that I have been in that ‘state’ when talking to friends or family, and I don’t like the way that it sounds. In fact, it freaks me out a bit. While I don’t think that texting should be limited for each person, I think that some teens may need to slow down, and realize that there is more to their lives than texting.

-Rae

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