Text Messaging: Neg Effects on Society

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Text Messaging: Negative Effects on Society Text messaging is one of the leading means of communication in today’s society and has become a primary medium used in platonic, romantic and professional relationships. Face-to-face encounters are no longer common interactions. The dinner table used to be a time for families to bond, untainted by the outside. Today, it is not uncommon to find a teenager, or parent, text messaging away at this, supposed to be, sacred time. Generations, before now, lived without cell phones at all and they survived just fine. People of those days developed life-long friendships, became successful businessmen and women, and excelled in scholastics without the use of texting in one’s life; contrary of today. Text messaging has a grave negative impact on society. Texting is an immense distraction in the United States. The general public continues to text throughout the day, regardless of the individuals actions at that time. Text messaging while driving has become a typical cause for car accidents among drivers today. According to studies orchestrated by the National Safety Council (NSC) and published on the NSC website at www.nsc.org, “1.4 million crashes each year involve drivers using cell phones and a minimum of 200,000 additional crashes each year involve drivers who are texting” (www.nsc.org). What these assessments show is how much more distracted drivers are by texting while driving, resulting in avoidable car accidents. This is just one way text messaging is negatively impacting society. It is not surprising to see grammatical errors while messaging. Texters today use timesavers and acronyms on a regular basis, testing this group’s obvious laziness. These shortcuts cause people to become illiterate. In the article “The Disadvantages Texting Has Brought Upon Society”, by Rob Hausler, he states, “Not only are
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