Your smartphone is making you stupid, antisocial and unhealthy. So why can’t you put it down?

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Between iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger, SMS texting is becoming a relic of the past

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On December 3, 1992, a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message to his friend Richard Jarvis. It was sent from his PC computer, and Jarvis had no way of inputting a reply into his Orbitel 901 landline phone, but it was nevertheless the advent of a new type of communication. Nokia didn’t debut the first text message-enabled phone until 1993, and texting remained expensive and inconvenient for years after that, but by 2008 it had become a part of daily life.

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Couples who text together don’t stay together: Study

Too much texting can disconnect couples.

Two researchers who study the societal effects of text messages, Lori Schade and Jonathan Sandberg of Brigham Young University, just released a new study claiming that too much texting can disconnect couples. Their research, published behind a paywall in the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, links too much texting to the stripping of nuance from a relationship.

 

 

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Texting while driving kills more U.S. teens than drunk driving

Texting behind the wheel is much more dangerous than driving drunk because of the frequency in which teenagers send texts verses how often they drink.

A new study has found that texting while driving has now replaced drunk driving as the number one cause of teenage deaths on the road in the U.S.

 

 

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One third of Americans prefer texting to talking on the phone

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73% of cellphone owners text.

Eighty-three percent of American adults own cell phones and 73% send and receive text messages. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project asked those texters in a survey how they prefer to be contacted on their cell phone and 31% said they preferred texts to talking on the phone, while 53% said they preferred a voice call to a text message. Another 14% said the contact method they prefer depends on the situation.

 

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