According to Nielsen, the average American teenager sends and receives 2,272 messages per month. This is about 80 messages a day. In fact, text messaging is so widespread that 40% of North American mobile phone users (as of 2006) are actively using SMS. In Europe the average is 85%. The use of text messaging around the world has grown rapidly. In 2000, 17 billion text messages were sent. By 2004, that number had reached nearly 500 billion, making up almost 85 text messages worldwide.
The popularity of text messages has put people in positive and negative situations. For example, former Mayer Quam Kilpatrick of Detroit turned his whole life upside down over sex-related text messages. He went from the youngest to the only mayor charged with a crime in Detroit. On the positive side, text messages are used as a source of information and reminders. Many credit card companies provide SMS reminders for upcoming dates. With the growing popularity of Internet-enabled mobile phones, people will be able to pay their bills after receiving the alert. In addition, you can send a text message to Google to find out directions, weather, flight status, sports units, and more. Services like ChaCha allow us to answer any of our questions. What you do is ask ChaCha, and the living person will send you a message within minutes of answering your question. However, these convenient services, as well as general text messages, have their effect.
Many experts agree that text messaging has served worse than good, especially for adolescents. There are obvious safety concerns, especially with the recent suggestions to ban text messages while driving. This obviously distracts drivers, endangering other drivers and pedestrians. Even as people walk, most people pay attention to typing their messages instead of what's in front of them. In particularly busy areas I have noticed that people are still not paying attention. The next day, I was walking the Times Square and was very upset with people who suddenly stopped in the middle of the pavement to give a message. That, and a combination of tourists, makes Times Square a trap.
Teens are easily distracted from school. Instead of paying attention in classrooms, students leave classes. I've seen it happen a lot in college. Especially in high schools, this leads to bad grades for grades and poor reporting. Some children send their friends late, which experts believe may have a significant effect on sleep. I have seen many people struggle in college because they use their phones so much. I think this is because when you are sending a text message, you are likely to come to mind. Thus, the answer means a tendency to respond immediately to distract you (by studying). I could see it always happened in my school library. Finding a table especially in the final round will take forever. It is really frustrating when people are in the study area but just sitting there typing in their phones. During group projects there is always a child who keeps pulling out his / her phone to send a message. This creates a huge deviation from work and has a significant impact. I've also read articles that provide instances of students using text messages to cheat. Although teachers and lecturers say that phones do not test, they never apply the rule.
I would think that increasing cell phone use, especially for text messaging, could have negative consequences for your hands. The concept of a message is similar to typing, which has proven to be a problem for many. Although text messages are not as comprehensive as computer keyboard use, the increase used may still be sufficient to cause musculoskeletal disorder. However, data on this topic are very limited.
What would you say about using English? We believe that the use of abbreviations, short messages and inaccurate sentences can lead to incorrect language skills. Although text messages are brief, they are sent as often as they can affect linguistics. Many experts feel this way: however, others present interesting counterarguments. Text messages may not be too bad. Some experts add that the use of abbreviations is a new form of communication that shows dexterity and creativity. This mode of communication expands our linguistic abilities and shows ingenuity. There are times when people are caught up in academic work using the "text message language" while at the same time harming others.
I have outlined several ways text messages can benefit individuals. Another way is that this method of communication connects people. Many people are in constant contact with each other. They have a great interest in knowing what is going on in people's lives, and they disseminate information that would not otherwise come about. Some conversations, or at least discussion topics, will never arise in direct conversations. Sometimes this is because we are too scared or forgetful in the future. There are other situations where sending a text message may be more appropriate than talking on the phone (in a quiet public place). So it gives a lot of comfort and doesn't distract from others.
I have mentioned many ways text messages can harm a person. I am fully aware that these comments are only valid through reliable data and statistical analysis. However, the rise in text messaging is a recent phenomenon, and insufficient data is available to make conclusions. Many experts have developed a number of hypotheses that hope to be tested in the near future. I have come across several studies but have found numerous flaws that lead to inaccurate arguments. Some studies involve multiple students in one special high school, which leads to invalid results. I chose not to share this data or conclusions for that reason. For further study, it would be interesting to classify the data by type of cell phone (compare a regular phone versus a smart phone and see if there are any significant differences in effects, positive or negative).