March 17, 2009
Is texting stunting kids' emotional growth?
MSNBC on children and text messaging. Excerpts:
... There could be a downside to this form of communication. "Texting, to me, could be stunting the growth of kids these days," child and family therapist Donna Wilburn cautions.
Wilburn worries that kids who are too dependent on texting miss out on an important part of social development. "Eighty percent of our communication is based on reading body language and reading visual cues. Texting eliminates eighty percent of what you're getting communication-wise. So it's not a substitute for communication and a lot of teens are using it as a substitute."
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