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New Teen Craze: Sleep Texting

Everyone knows that teens love to text, but now a new trend is growing among young people:
sleep texting.

“It’s just what you’d think it is, it’s texting while asleep,” Elizabeth Dowdell, a Villanova University professor,  told CBS Philadelphia. “It’s exactly what is sounds like, or really more between that, you know, that area between being asleep and being awake.”

“The phone will beep, they’ll answer the text. They’ll either respond in words or gibberish. It can even be inappropriate. Ex-girlfriends contacting ex-boyfriends, saying ‘I miss you. I want to see you.’ The thing that happens, though, is that when they wake up, there’s no memory.”

“Overplugged and overextended teens and young adults tend to get less [sleep],” added Dowdell. “So this interrupts what could be a good night’s sleep, because they’re an hour-and-a-half or two hours into their sleep cycle, and they’re answering texts or the machines are beeping at them.”

Dowdell says the answer is a technology-free bedroom or putting their cell phone on the other side of the room and turning off the ringer.

Source: CBS Philadelphia

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