Today’s Washington Post article on teenage texting can be seen as a catalog of doubts raised about the effects of what has become a dominant activity for that age group. Almost all the speculation is at least suspicious, if not down right negative. On the second page online, there are two short paragraphs that are positive. Professor Al Filreis of the University of Pennsylvania say student writing has improved noting, “In writing, quantity tends to lead to quality,” he said, “and we’re doing quantity right now.”
The article has a lot of interesting facts and opinions. Personally, though, I think a large part of the suspicion of what teenagers are doing is pretty much routine for every generation to experience. We must be careful not to dismiss the texting as a kid craze, when it may very well be a useful new form of human communication that they are giving a typical teenish hyper tryout.