Losing Our Humanity

And To No One’s Surprise, Constant Texters Have Self-Esteem Issues

texting at the table22 And To No Ones Surprise, Constant Texters Have Self Esteem Issues


Ever feel like your hundredth text of the day may have been just a little too calculated? You may be suffering from a severe case of shallowness, according to a new study by the University of Winnipeg, which found that people who send more than a hundred texts a day are more concerned with their image and what others think of them.

The study, performed on 2,300 first-year psychology students who completed an online survey, also discovered that 30 percent of survey-takers texted over 200 times a day and that 12 percent texted over 300 times a day.

University researchers were inspired to initiate the study after reading about Nicholas Carr’s “shallowing hypothesis” from his book The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains.

According to Carr’s hypothesis, texting and using Twitter for extreme lengths of time can change your thought process, making you more superficial because they encourage rapid and relatively shallow thinking. The results seem to confirm this, according to lead researcher and psychology professor Paul Trapnell.

“The values and traits most closely associated with texting frequency are surprisingly consistent with Carr’s conjecture that new information and social media technologies may be displacing and discouraging reflective thought,” Trapnell said in a news release, according to CBC News.

Now just make sure to text and Tweet these results as soon as your done reading this. You wouldn’t want to start thinking with emotions, would you?

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