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lol @ jd 4 saying "this is WWL". 

ok, enough of that.  We got a lot of tweets on todays program on texting.  Mind you, you have a little more space to work with while tweeting (160 characters) as opposed to texting (140).  Here are some of our listeners thoughts:

heldermira@wherewelive I find that texting is making us jerks: ppl will text others while hanging out, friends while ppl r talking to u (I'm guilty).

heldermira@wherewelive Dont get me started on teens in class as teacher instructs! Concerned how they will interact with society in the future.

Satur9@wherewelive Text is my lifeline - keeps comms with my ex civil, text-to-IM keeps contact with busy friends worldwide I'd never catch by vox

1199organizerCT@wherewelive SMS msgs have changed the way I communicate; I send 1800+ msgs/month. it's quick, unintrusive, & multitasker's dream!

jamiemarie1@wherewelive Better: It's easier to make plans & just send a mass text w/details. Worse: When ppl text while you are having a conversation.

ruumis@wherewelive Commercially SMS is a massive industry in 2006 worth over $81bil globally. an avg global price of $0.11& near 90% profit margin

erikbowen@wherewelive I like tweeting & posting images of things that I come across such as #hawksinhartford and http://twitpic.com/6yz73

davehaseltine@wherewelive twitter is mostly useless, all the media coverage of it has become annoying. Txting follows stupid, not the other way round.

And if you're interested in reading something a little longer than 160 characters - check out the latest New York Times article "Texting May Be Taking a Toll on Teens".  A few of our guests said we are jumping the gun by claiming texting is causing all sorts of problems in teens.  From lack of sleep to permanent thumb damage - other researchers think it's a big deal.

Dr. Martin Joffe, a pediatrician in Greenbrae, Calif., recently surveyed students at two local high schools and said he found that many were routinely sending hundreds of texts every day.

“That’s one every few minutes,” he said. “Then you hear that these kids are responding to texts late at night. That’s going to cause sleep issues in an age group that’s already plagued with sleep issues.”

The rise in texting is too recent to have produced any conclusive data on health effects. But Sherry Turkle, a psychologist who is director of the Initiative on Technology and Self at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and who has studied texting among teenagers in the Boston area for three years, said it might be causing a shift in the way adolescents develop.


And yes, I am a member of "The Dumbest Generation", and no I don't think it's all bad.  I dig technology and consider myself a relatively high functioning adult who holds a steady job and can multitask like its going out of style.  I can certainly see a shift between me and my moms generation - but also a huge shift between my generation and that of my 19 and 15 year old sisters.  The younger ladies seem on a whole other plane of technological existance.  However, as David Crystal noted - 80% of texts in the world are actually sent by adults.  Moms and dads (and grandparents for that matter) are getting in on the fun.  (Maybe not so much fun if you're a State Senator).

And this: