#Textiety: Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

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Writing is a very therapeutic and self-reflecting practice for me that allows me to learn a lot more about myself.

Until I started my research for this article, I did not know there were, in fact, plenty of blog posts, articles and even peer-reviewed journals out there on the phenomenon of texting anxiety. Although I didn’t feel I was entirely alone in suffering from texting anxiety, I didn’t think the problem was relevant enough to grant clinical terms, such as textiety and textaphrenia.

Textiety refers to the anxious feeling one gets from not receiving or sending text messages.

Text messaging is an essential part of communication that is a quick and convenient method to stay connected with our friends, family, and acquaintances. Despite being a useful mode of communication, the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7, literally, can be very stressful and overwhelming to some.

Mental health professionals are starting to see anxiety around texting show up in their offices more often, and it’s part of a new area of research and treatment related to mobile devices and online communication.

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I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re:  Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

A few weeks ago, I came across a thought-provoking New York Times’ article on LinkedIn: Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Susan Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, has banned almost all electronic devices during her classes and research seminars.

Her rationale for such ban is the growing number of evidence that shows that overall, college students learn less and earn worse grades when they use computers or tablets during lectures.

The reason?  Laptops distract from learning. Continue reading “I broke my laptop and my grades improved! Re:  Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.”