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Not your imagination: Compulsive texting hurts teenagers

Not your imagination: Compulsive texting hurts teenagers
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Being glued to your smartphone can't be good for you, and it certainly can't be good for teenagers and their developing minds, right? A new study confirms those suspicions.

You're not imagining that teens are texting a lot. A 2012 Pew study found that 75% of teens have a mobile phone, and 63% say they text every day. That's more than the number who say they talk on the phone, hang out with friends in person or use email every day.

The study on compulsive texting was done on about 200 eighth graders and 200 11th graders in a Midwest town. It asked them if they skipped their chores because they were texting, if they got annoyed by someone bothering them while they were texting, and if they lost sleep because of texting or lied about how much they text.

About 12% of the girls studied were identified as compulsive texters, while 3% of the boys were. The girls who were compulsive texters also performed worse academically.

The findings shouldn't surprise anyone. Other studies have shown that students who text during class or while doing homework get lower grades. And excessive texting and late night Internet use has negative effects on students' sleep.

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Do you have teenagers at home? Do you limit the time they spend on their phones, or do you think they might be a compulsive texter? Let us know in the comments below, and check back often to our Happening Now page for the latest news on everything digital.

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