Technology texting has is a lack of communication.

Technology is always growing and in today’s world texting is a part of everyday life. Texting makes it easy to send and receive quick replies when you can not get on the phone to talk. Teenagers can know right away if something is wrong, or simply send someone a text to let them know they will be late. Texting has increased greatly in popularity and is now one of the main forms of communication among teenagers. However, I believe that this way of communicating has resulted in long lasting, negative effects for some teenagers.One of the negative effects that texting has is a lack of communication. Some teenagers struggle to communicate with others when they are talking in person. It is much easier for them to communicate over text. In fact, a study titled “Teens, Smartphones, and Texting” ¬†written by Amanda Lenhart reveals that texting is the prefered method of communication among teens. For most teenagers, texting someone is easier than talking to them in person because of the fear of how the other person may react. For instance, if a teenager starts to get upset or feel sad while texting it can be much easier for them to hide those emotions behind a screen then it would be if they had been communicating in person. This lack of communication can also become a struggle in settings such as job interviews. They may have trouble using appropriate body language and may not know how to use appropriate language to get their message across. Texting also takes away from a teenagers experience of making phone calls and learning phone etiquette. Often teenagers will act awkward over a phone conversation or will not know how to properly communicate over a phone call. They are in the habit of texting people instead of talking to them. These type of problems can greatly affects their chances of getting hired. In “Poor Communication Skills Can Cost You,” Shweta Khare writes, “Good communication skills can make or break your chance of getting that job or getting that promotion.” Good communication skills are a vital skill to have.Another negative effect texting has on teens is that it impacts their sleep and well-being. Teens are staying up late texting each other or they may get a late night text that wakes them up. A lack of sleep will result in students not being able to focus at school and not performing to their best ability. ¬†In “Texting at Night Affects Teens’ Sleep, Academic Performance”, Patti Verbanas writes, “They tend to go to sleep late and get up late. When we go against that natural rhythm, students become less efficient”. Some of the long term effects of sleep deprivation are much more serious. These can include depression, diabetes, stroke, cardiovascular diseases, and even premature death. In “How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Heart”, the National Sleep Foundation writes, “Heart health isn’t just a concern for older adults. Adolescents who don’t sleep well are at greater risk for developing cardiovascular problems.” In another article titled “Things to Hate About Sleep Loss”, Camille Peri writes, “Those who cut their sleep from seven to five hours or fewer a night nearly doubled their risk of death from all causes. In particular, lack of sleep doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease.” Late night texting deprives us from getting a full night’s sleep which can, in turn, lead to multiple, and sometimes fatal, health issues.Some people believe that texting is beneficial to teens because it aids in learning grammar and spelling. However, a study conducted in 2010 by the School of Psychology, University of Tasmania, Australia confirmed that texting has a negative correlation with scores of reading and spelling. The use of slang, abbreviations, and the casual format of texting interferes with the ability to write formally. Also, students become dependant on autocorrect functions on their phones instead of being confident in their own abilities. In conclusion, I reinstate my claim that teen texting has negative effects as it is clear to see from the abundance of studies and evidence.