Jodi - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )
Disorder link with teenage texting
June 30, 2010, 8:20 am
A study into modern communication and young people has identified several new disorders linked to texting on mobile phones.
Researchers say teenagers who text their friends excessively could develop one of the new disorders, News Ltd newspapers reported on Wednesday.
Jennie Carroll, a Melbourne technology researcher with RMIT University, says she discovered the four disorders while studying the effects of modern communication.
She says teenagers who text too much could find themselves suffering from:
- Textaphrenia: thinking you've heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.
- Textiety: a feeling of anxiety from not receiving or sending any text messages.
- Post-traumatic text disorder: injuries related to texting, such as walking into objects by not paying attention to your surroundings.
- Binge texting: sending massive amounts of texts to build self-esteem among peers.
Is this as big a load of crap as I think it is? Or is it a way that our teens can actually blame everyone but themselves for their issues? Why is it that there seems to be this compelling need to put some stupid medical label on EVERYTHING??