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November 29, 2011

By Jasmine Shen

Hall Monitor By Jasmine Shen Issaquah High School

With a rising number of social networking sites online, the importance of friendship and sociality increases at an incessant rate for teens. Most cellphone users, teenagers especially, use text messages to communicate and interact, a normal occurrence that everyone has come to recognize and understand.

But the seemingly harmless tapping of fingers on the keyboard is the also same reason for a high degree of fatalities during driving, raised to an extent where insurance companies ask for nearly double a price for younger people. Studies have shown that texting and driving impairs a driver’s abilities and is very dangerous. Yet a high number of students have few qualms regarding this, choosing to put a little too high a certainty in their abilities.

When used sparingly and in moderation, texting is not a quandary at all, and can be beneficial and entertaining. However, when teenagers are often sleep-deprived and running low on energy, it is doubtless that texting is a good method to distract oneself manually, visually and cognitively when behind the wheel, significantly heightening the risk of crashing. This is part of the reason why adults view high school students stereotypically as negligent and technology addicted.

Texting has worked its way into the daily activities of teenagers. It’s safe when one chooses it to be so. Every teen should keep in mind that the next time he or she is about to step on that gas pedal, he or she should rub his or her eyes and remind himself or herself to be focused on the task at hand.

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