While lots of studies are focusing on the impact of screen time on everything from academic success to body image issues, some of the most compelling new research zeroes in on the emotional and physical impact of just one digital activity — texting.
Rutgers University recently published its findings about how late-night instant messaging can be highly detrimental to quality sleep, especially in teens. Read about it here.
Now a new study from the American Psychological Association delves into how teenage boys and girls use instant messaging in different ways and how it impacts the genders in very different ways. Here are the top findings:
- Teenage girls primarily text for social connection; boys primary to convey information.
- While teen boys and girls send roughly the same number of texts each day, girls are more likely to become compulsive texters.
- Teenage girls who compulsively text see a steeper decline in their grades than their compulsive male counterparts. The researchers suggest the social content of girls’ messages may be more likely to distract them from their academic tasks.
- Compulsive texting also appears to affect girls’ mental health more than boys’, perhaps because girls are more prone to text about negative feelings and to ruminate on those feelings.
Read the full article here.