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Text messaging and mobile phone use by teens has skyrocketed over the past year and a half, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.
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The study said that 54 percent of teens were daily texters and that 15 percent send more than 200 text messages a day.
That’s equal to nearly 6,000 texts a month.
In many cases, cell phones have become an integral and irreplaceable part of life for a teen.
“It’s right by my bed when I go to sleep and right by my bed when I wake-up and it’s like the first thing I go to,” 15-year-old Sarah Matzkin told CNN.
“If someone responds right away, you’re like yay they responded and if someone responds two to three hours later you’re like, what’s going on?”
It may sound addictive and according to some doctors, it is.
Studies have shown that texting and the instant gratification of getting a text back floods the brain’s pleasure center with the mood enhancing dopamine.
“Neuro-imaging studies have shown that those kids who are texting have the same area of the brain light up as an addict using heroin,” Dr Michael Seyffert said.
Seyffert treats teens with sleeping disorders and has discovered that one out of five of them are interrupting their sleep to text.
We want to know what you think.
Do teenagers have a problem when it comes to texting? Are you addicted to your phone?