Saturday, May 14, 2011

Fun with Texting!!!

Steven Hodson (, Australia)

"OMG, hi!!! this is so fun!!!" "0.k., now u send me 1."

As a society we seem to love nothing better than creating psychological disorders around every new fad that comes our way. And it seems that texting is no different.

The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia has a post up in which Jennie Carroll, a Melbourne technology researcher with RMIT University, claims to have "discovered" four separate disorders when it comes to texting and children.

Yes, children are once again in danger of themselves and this wicked and evil texting thing. Why? Well, they just don’t know any better.

Carroll says teenagers who text too much could find themselves suffering from:

  1. Textaphrenia: thinking we’ve heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.
  2. Textiety: a feeling of anxiety from not receiving or sending any text messages.
  3. Post-Traumatic Text Disorder: injuries related to texting, such as walking into objects by not paying attention to surroundings.
  4. Binge Texting: sending massive numbers of texts to build self-esteem among peers. More