Effects of Texting on Society

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Technological improvements make long distance communication easier than ever before. An advantage of texting is that it allows people to send short messages to anyone in any part of the world. Another advantage of texting is picture messaging which is a service that allows people to capture and share valuable moments. Texting is also a major distraction for teenagers, and it can affect important tasks such as driving. A large number of teenagers die while texting and driving at the same time. While texting contains many advantages such as easier communication, texting can be very addicting, compelling the user to respond regardless of the task at hand. Advantages The first advantage of Short Messaging Services (SMS) is that it can send text or picture messages, and they can be read at any time interval after reading them. Reading a text message is a lot simpler than listening to a voicemail. Unlike phone calls, SMSs allow someone to completely escape from an unwanted conversation and restart it at another time. The idea that a conversation can start and end at any given time gives the user so much more freedom. People can text during activities that would be inconvenient to do otherwise such as concerts, football games, or libraries. As well as SMS not having a time constraint, SMS also allows a sense of confidentiality and ease of conscience. From personal experience, texting or writing is a lot easier to talk about problems than it is to talk about them to a stranger. A school nurse put her phone number up at school to talk to students about anything. She received a total of 245 text messages with 45 ending up with meeting the students them face-to-face. More than half of these text messages were related to sexual questions a... ... middle of paper ... ...er spend time on their phones texting rather than talking with the people they’re with. Works Cited Bruinius, Harry. "Weiner watch: Why sexting scandal hijacked an important election." Christian Science Monitor 07 Aug. 2013: N.PAG. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. "Killer Brace Position". MythBusters. Discovery Channel. 22 June 2005. Television Lim, Siew Hoon, and Junwook Chi. "Are Cell Phone Laws in the U.S. Effective in Reducing Fatal Crashes Involving Young Drivers?" Transport Policy 27.(2013): 158-163. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. "New Texting Service For Teenagers Has All-Round Benefits." Nursing Standard 28.5 (2013): 13. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Oct. 2013. Verheijen, Lieke. "The Effects of Text Messaging and Instant Messaging on Literacy." English Studies 94.5 (2013): 582-602.Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 Oct. 2013.

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