An article in the Washington Post comments on American Youths increasing reliance on text messaging. Nothing new here. However, their 'experts' had an interesting rationale for why the new form...

An article in the Washington Post comments on American Youths increasing reliance on text messaging.  Nothing new here.  However, their ‘experts’ had an interesting rationale for why the new form of communication is taking off – secrecy. 

The explosion of this technology was inevitable, according to those who research adolescent behavior, because it provides a new tool for creating what teenagers always have wanted and needed — distance from parents.

"It’s a form of silent communication; they can do it whenever, they can do it fairly secretively," said Rob Callender, trends director for Teenage Research Unlimited. In a recent study of teens, he said, TRU found that texting is the second most popular use for cellphones, right after using them to check the time. Plus, every phone number a child calls is recorded on the family phone bill, with a time stamp. But text messages remain an anonymous, faceless lump number.

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