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Studies suggest texting hurts teens

May 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
New studies suggest extreme texting could be harming teens in several ways.According to the Nielsen Company, the average teens sends more than 2,000 text messages every month, leading to sleep deprivation, anxiety and stunted development.

MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle says her study found texting is keeping teens tied to their parents in an unhealthy way.

Turkle says teens are supposed to begin separating from their parents during adolescence to become healthy adults. Texting, she says undermines both the separation and violates peace and quiet and solitude.

Turkle says teens can check in with their parents about important and not-so-important decisions they would make on their own as part of growing up.

The American Journal of Psychiatry reports excessive gaming and texting may be a form of addiction.

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