Tuesday, December 4, 2012, AM | Leave Comment
Texting is a leading distraction in schools and inside classrooms. It is distraction from the lectures and studies that the students, otherwise, might have been involved in.
Survey after survey says of students in middle and high schools who text 2,000 times a day or more. If they do it on their own time, that’s one thing but they do it on teachers’ time during school hours and that is affecting their grades.
Students do texting all the time…
They do texting 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.
And if they can drive, they do it while driving. However, texting and driving don’t mix, just like drinking and driving don’t. They do it so much their thumbs hurt.
To many teenagers texting is better than sex…
According to some physicians and psychologists, texting is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, and falling grades. It seems they prefer texting over sex which has been widely done on epidemic proportion.
The worry is that it’s taking over sex among teenagers and that’s a big NO in American social life. Some psychologists think it’s unhealthy when students text and refrain from sex. To them and many parents, premarital sex is the most important thing in their social life.
It used to be sex was the most important thing in teenagers’ life. Now it’s texting. The big difference is sex among teenagers was never considered unhealthy but texting is.
There is no peace and quite near teenagers…
“Among the jobs of adolescence are to separate from your parents, and to find the peace and quiet to become the person you decide you want to be,” said Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who is director of the Initiative on Technology and Self at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As for peace and quiet, if something next to you is vibrating every couple of minutes, it makes it very difficult to be in that state of mind.
“If you are being deluged by constant communication, the pressure to answer immediately is quite high,” Sherry added. “So if you are in the middle of a thought, forget it.”
Michael Hausauer, a psychotherapist in Oakland, Calif., said teenagers had a “terrific interest in knowing what’s going on in the lives of their peers, coupled with a terrific anxiety about being out of the loop.”
For that reason, Michael said, the rapid rise in texting has potential for great benefit and great harm.
Benefit of texting…
The great benefit from texting comes when students abstain from premarital sex and thus unwanted pregnancies. The great harm comes from when students text excessively and refrain from sex. In American culture, you cannot abstain from sex at any age.
In a Nutshell
Are you aware that your teenage son or daughter may be falling grades and worse may be failing. It might be because of excessive texting they do to their friends and texting may be taking a toll on their grades and health.