Heard it all now. The American Public Health Association are stating that ‘hyper-texting’ can cause health problems in teenagers. Their exact wording: “The startling results of this study suggest that when left unchecked texting and other widely popular methods of staying connected can have dangerous health effects on teenagers,” said Scott Frank, MD, MS, lead researcher on the study.
Er, no, what a load of twaddle. What they have found is a correlation: that the usual suspects – teens who drink, smoke, sleep around, take drugs, don’t have dads – also ‘hyper-text’ i.e. send more that 100+ texts a day. What a surprise – they have probably bunked off school and bored (when not indulging in these other activities). Does ‘hyper-texting’ cause ill-health? No. Relax all ye twitterers too. Though try telling that to the Daily Mail!