Remember when we used to twiddle our thumbs? There was a time when bored children would fold their hands together and spin their thumbs around each other. They would spin them fast and slow, forward and backward, and sometimes – with great dexterity – from side to side. Wow.
But now with the invention of cell phone texting those days are over. A brief Internet search will reveal:
• There are 6 billion mobile phones in the world
• 9.8 trillion text messages were sent in 2012
• 80% of cell phone owners text, sending or receiving an average of 35 messages per day
• 77% of the world’s population owns a mobile phone
• 97% of text messages are opened, while only 22% of emails are opened
• Voice calling is decreasing as text messaging increases
• The average American teen sends or receives over 500 text message a month
• 91% of all US mobile users keep their phones within arms reach at all times
• The average time it takes to respond a text message is 90 seconds
• 90% of all text messages are read within 3 minutes of their delivery
• Over 193,000 text messages are sent every second
• 48 million people own cellphones but do not have electricity
• In many African countries it is more common to have a cellphone than it is to have a bank account
(Check these links for more: http://www.pewinternet.org and http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2012/Teens-and-smartphones/Summary-of-findings.aspx)
The bad part of all this involves a challenge for parents: to keep their children safe from negative influences, and to somehow get the kids to put down the phone and read a book.
The upside however is the hyper-development of motor skills and finger dexterity. It’s more than ‘today’s kids can do things to their noses a thousand times better than their parents did’, it’s about the effects all this finger action will have on the future of mankind.
Steady hands can save lives; bomb technicians, surgeons, Jenga players, can all experience the benefits of an active childhood of texting…as well as whoever gets to hold the video camera at a wedding. Why do the people suffering seizures always end up with the camera??
Check out the video below to see what productive thing this young “teen-texter” is doing with her nimble hands.