Thumbs hurt? Texting has changed everything according to the paper, Insights into the Social and Psychological Effects of SMS Text Messaging. The authors, Donna Reid and Fraser Reid, have distinguished...

Thumbs hurt? Texting has changed everything according to the paper, Insights into the Social and Psychological Effects of SMS Text Messaging. The authors, Donna Reid and Fraser Reid, have distinguished between two types of mobile phone users: the Talkers and the Texters – those who prefer voice over text messaging and vice versa.

They found that the mobile phone's individuality and privacy gives Texters the ability to express a whole new persona:

"Texters may feel at greater ease being their ‘real-self' through a text message reducing the potential repercussions that may otherwise take place in a traditional face-to-face or telephone encounter. Texting may offer Texters more control over their interactions with others by affording them visual anonymity and asynchronous communication. As such the mobile may become more a matter of identity than a simple communication tool."

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