According to a new survey, classroom texting is rampant in today’s high schools.
That’s “bored to death” in the standard language of text messaging.
It’s also how nearly half of American students are summing up their classroom experience.
According to a new survey from free texting app textPlus (www.textplus.com), “Classroom texting is rampant in today’s high schools,” explained an e-mail I received recently.
In fact, nearly 43 percent of teens 13-17 say they text during class, according to the survey, which teens replied to by texting. They probably were texting from class.
“I text constantly ...”
That’s what 17 percent of teens 13-17 said. I don’t want to sound as much of a nag as a principal, but constant texting doesn’t leave much time for “reading, ’riting, or ’rithmatic,” — or “RRR,” as students might text.
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The survey indicated that only 26 percent of teens think it’s wrong to text in class. So, perhaps it’s safe to say that if there are 43 percent of teens who are texting in class and if 26 percent who never would text in class, then that leaves 31 percent of the teens who would text, but apparently can’t think of anything to say.
A very interesting statistic from the survey is that 52 percent of teens say they text with friends who are sitting in the same classroom.
“AWHFY” — “Are we having fun yet?” — one student might text to a student sitting in the row beside him.
As it turns out, texting really is just a high-tech way of passing notes in class. This is an obvious way that technology has helped students in the modern educational system. When we passed notes we always got caught.
“Would you care to read that note to the rest of the class?” a teacher would ask. And the note would end up being a personal message of some sort that embarrassed both the passer and the person to whom it was passed. So that deterred students from passing notes again for a minute or two. If students had sweaty armpits and red faces, the American education system was working, briefly.
According to the survey, texting topics still are “the run of the mill gossip, crushes, weekend plans, etc.” that were the subjects of those obsolete notes. The difference is that teachers hardly ever catch teens who text. In fact, almost 80 percent of teens who responded to the survey said they’ve never gotten into trouble for texting in class.”
To the contrary, “some teens said texting has ‘saved’ them a few times,” said the survey report. “Twenty-two percent of teens said they’ve texted answers to classmates who’ve been called on by the teacher with a tough question. Twenty percent said they themselves had been ‘saved’ by such a text.”
The survey report said English teachers would love this one last disturbing statistic concerning texting.
“Twenty-nine percent of teens admit to using texting shorthand in their written school assignments (eg, ‘4’ instead of ‘for,’ or ‘u’ instead of ‘you.’)”
All I can text about that is “DBD.” Don’t be dumb.
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