Texting Affects Way Young Adults Brains' Work

A team of Australian experts claimed that kids who send text messages on a regular basis are generally become less thoughtful and vulnerable to make mistakes in different spheres of life.

In the study of its own kind, a team of researchers headed by epidemiology professor Michael Abramson of Monash University in Melbourne, it was revealed that predictive text messaging is making young people more impulsive and less patient.

The study, which included 317 Melbourne high school students, notified that although mobile phone users were quite faster in responding to a series of tests, but they also committed more errors. Moreover, the kids, aged between 11 and 14 from across 20 schools in Melbourne, were tested for gauging their speed, memory, accuracy, as well as ability to learn via association.

More than a quarter of the respondents made over 15 voice calls in a week, while around a quarter of the kids wrote over 20 text messages a week, the study added.

Commenting upon the striking impacts of texting on the youngsters’ cognitive capabilities, Abramson said in a statement, “Their brains are still developing so if there are effects - and particularly given that the exposure is now almost universal - then potentially it could have effects down the line”.