Sunday, February 22, 2009

fool 4 txtng

In this puff-piece about the texting habits of teens were a couple of interesting things. First, a Nielson survey shows teens with cell phones make 203 calls a month... and send 2272 text messages. That's 75 a day, about 4 1/2 per waking hour. That's a lot of thumb exercise and staring at the little screen. I average about one a month - obviously I'm no teen.

What are the consequences? Beats me, but George Mason University professor Peter Pober now advises faculty members "to limit their sentences to eight words or fewer during lectures, especially in introductory classes" because the students can't focus.

Wow. That's pretty bad. How do you convey reasonably complex thoughts in eight words or fewer?

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Blogger meshealle said...

Plus, there's the whole running into things while testing problem. They've probably all got concussions on top of the lack of focus and the general loss of undertanding of the English language.

9:34 AM  
Blogger meshealle said...

Oops...I meant texting, not testing. Now I feel awesome!

3:11 PM  

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