text messaging 

Is texting ruining this generation's spelling skillz?

I don't watch Rachel Ray, but one day I caught her show in a doctor's waiting room. She and her guests were all screaming "EVOO!" I had no idea what she was talking about. I wandered around for an entire day muttering EVOO under my breath, until it f...

Text messages save girl

Before you come down too hard on your teenager for her excessive text messaging, be aware that those mad typing skillz might just save her life. That's what happened with one Northern California girl. The sixteen-year-old met thirty-seven-year-old Da...

Laws target teens texting and driving

In my experience, talking on a cell-phone while driving is dangerous. I used to do it and many times found myself at my destination having no recollection of actually driving there because I was yakking on my phone the whole time. Maybe it is just me...

Quick-texting teen saves herself from intruder

In spite of complaints by educators that cell phone text-messaging is ruining the way kids communicate, it turns out those lighting-fast thumbs may occasionally come in handy. A 17-year-old Malaysian girl was woken up by a noise near her bedroom, an...

Text messaging a threat to written language?

Earlier this week we learned that a 13-year-old won $25,000 for managing to type "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in 15 seconds on her cell phone. Today comes vindication for grumpy English teachers everywhere: a recent study finds the prevalence...

Teen wins $25,000 in texting contest

Some 13-year-old from Pennsylvania managed to text "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in 15 seconds on her cell phone. It just took me longer than that to type it on my computer keyboard. Morgan Pozgar, the world's new text-message champion, took a...

Does text messaging impact literacy?

I don't have much occasion to spend time with pre-teens and teenagers, except when I take the bus to work on days Rob drives Nolan. My bus is on a "economically challenged" line, and I've been saddened by the number of hollow-eyed 14-year olds with r...

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