Text To Connect

If you can't beat them, join them, right?

According to a report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project, texting is a teens favorite way to communicate.  The research showed about 75% of teens text and send an average of 60 texts a day.  These numbers are from 2012, so I'm sure they're more now. So instead of trying to stop teens from texting so much, one researcher is embracing it.  Sara Konrath, from Indiana University, is working with HopeLab on a new study that sends participants text messages encouraging empathetic behavior. Its called Text to Connect. An example, "Think of a close family member. Think about what you like about them."  Other texts ask for action such as, "The next time you see someone, no matter who they are, give them a real smile."  Konrath tells USA Today, the goal is to balance the harmful nature of mobile technology with its potential to improve how we relate to each other.

Currently the study is funded by the John Templton Foundation, but the hope is that if successful, it will expand into a bigger project.

For more information or to sign up for Text to Connect, click here.


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