‘Sleep Texting’ Is Now a Thing Among Teenagers
Being a teenager is aÂ perilousÂ time in one’s life as a not-quite fully developed brain will cause the teen to make all kinds ofÂ questionable decisions.
Now thanks to a newÂ phenomenonÂ called sleep-texting, the teenager can even make these bad decisions while they are catching z’s.
According to a study by Elizabeth Dowdell, a professorÂ atÂ Villanova University, more and more of the high school set are responding to or even initiating text messages when they are half-asleep.
“The phone will beep, theyâll answer the text,’ Dowdell explained. ‘Theyâll either respond in words or gibberish.”
It’s when they actually make sense that they get themselves in trouble, especially when communicating with somebody they are or would like to be intimately involved with.
Like with sleep-walkers, sleep-texters rarely remember what they have done the next morning.
Aside from oversteppingÂ boundaries, if somebody is sleep-texting it also means the person isn’t getting a good night of rest, and sleepÂ deprivationÂ in teens can lead to obesity, depression and poor grades.
The solution to all this is simple enough: Don’t sleep next to a cell phone with the ringer and alerts turned on.
Good luck getting a teenager to follow that advice.