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Texting May Offer Intellectual Value

Parents and teachers often lament the proclivity of students to text rather than email or call, even attributing it as the downfall of writing, but according to new research from Missy Watson and Madhuri Karak of the City College of New York, texting offers intellectual value and actually helps students improve their communication skills. In a recent commentary that outlines their study, they discuss findings that students tend to think more deeply about how they communicate while texting. This includes using texting as a form of journaling, negotiating via text, and receiving the benefit of slower communication to actually think about what they want to say and how they want to say it versus the back and forth conversation of a phone call.

Adding Some Zip to That iMessage

Have you received iMessages on your iPhone or iPad from your kids or other young people in your life and wonder how they add those special effects like confetti or balloons? Plenty of third-party apps are available for the major mobile platforms that allow you to add animations and other special effects to your text messages, but Apple includes some built-in tools in its iMessage app for iOS 10. While most of the special effects do not fully translate to Android or Windows-based phones, iMessages sent between iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users using the same software should be able to take full advantage of the animations, sound effects, stickers and other features included in the iOS 10 version. Need some step-by- step instructions? Try these.


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Why Can’t People Give Up Texting While Driving?

Experts say smartphones have an addictive nature that compels our brains to respond to notifications and alerts with a sense of immediacy, even when behind the wheel. Despite knowing better (a 2013 survey found that 98% of people say texting and driving is wrong), people still do it. Do you want to make a conscious effort to stop texting and driving? Check out Groove, a new program that sends a signal to your mobile phone provider, alerting it to hold all texts and social media updates while you are driving. It also prevents you from texting or posting on social media until your car is no longer moving.

Texting and Driving: A Deadly Combo

Texting is here to stay so how do you cope with teens, texting and driving?

How to Stop a Text From Sending on Your iPhone

One of the first rules of sending a text or email when you are angry is to write it, stop, breathe for 5 minutes, and then seriously consider how the person on the other end is going to “receive” i

Sexist Emojis?

An interesting opinion piece in The New York Times points out that when it comes to emojis, female presence is lacking.

Productive Email Habits

Do you ever feel like you spend most of your day checking e-mail and Facebook?

Textual Chemistry

“Textual chemistry” is now part of the dating scene throughout the world and comes from not only what you tex

Texting and American Girls

It probably comes as no surprise to any parent these days that social media is disrupting the lives of teenagers, but Nancy Jo Sales has a new book coming out called American Girls: Social Medi

Remember to Talk

Texting is great for conveying quick messages and thoughts, but

Positive Texting

As you start the New Year, think about the tenor of your texts.  In other words, are you sending out positive vibes to family and friends?

Disturbing Trends: Technology and School

As the school year rolls around, technology is yet again under the microscope.

Young People Changing To More Private Social Interactions

The Pew Research Center has released the results from a new study on Mobile Messaging and Soc

Teens and Driving Distractions

Did you know Memorial Day through Labor Day is known as the "100 deadliest days" for young drivers?

Texting as a Part of Teaching

Research on texting between teachers and students shows that it can drive student engagement and deliver positive results,

NYC Texting Hotline for Teens With Mental Health Issues Debuts

A new texting hotline will help teenagers get help dealing with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Parents, Kids and Tech Related New Year’s Resolutions

It is likely that every family is going to face some media and technology related issues in 2015. As the digital landscape continues to shift and change on a nearly daily basis, it is hard as a parent to keep up with it all...

Cyberdating Abuse an Emerging Concern Among Teens

While “sexting” and texting are well known as being part of the high school dating scene these days, data in a new study is showing the connection between cyberdating and physical and sexual violence in relationships. This study is the first clinically based look at cyberdating abuse among young people...

Texting and Driving – Why Can’t We Stop?

A new study surveyed 1,000 drivers and found that 98% of those who text everyday and drive frequently say the practice is dangerous, but nearly 75% say they do it anyway. The lure of text messages is actually a lot like the appeal of slot machines, David Greenfield of the University of Connecticut Medical School explains. He says both can be difficult compulsions to overcome for some people...