Is text messaging becoming the junk food of communication? One study from the University of Wisconsin says the digital transmissions are no substitution for talking.
Researchers measured hormone levels in a group of girls and discovered that those who talked to their mothers in person or on the phone produced more of the positive-feeling chemical oxytocin. There is no benefit offered via text.
Yet, new statistics from Pew suggest that teenagers would rather text than talk, but the fast, snack-sized messages miss out on the nutrition offered by real conversation.
According to Pew research, 75 percent of teens own phones and a third of them send 100 text messages or more each day. That means texting is the most common way teenagers communicate, preferred over e-mail, phone calls -- even face-to-face chats.