This article posted today to CNN speaks to the impact of technology on culture in a big way. When I was a teenager, many moons ago, you were considered rude or “chicken” to break up with a girlfriend over the telephone. You had to “face the music” as they say. But now things are much, much different…. I smell a good paper here somewhere.
More than four in 10 teens, or 43 percent, who instant message use it for things they wouldn’t say in person, according to an Associated Press-AOL poll released Thursday. Twenty-two percent use IMs to ask people out on dates or accept them, and 13 percent use them to break up.
Overall, nearly half of teens age 13 to 18 said they use instant messaging, those staccato, Internet-borne strings of real-time chatter often coupled with enough frenzied multitasking to fry the typical adult brain. Only about one in five adults said they use IMs — though usually with less technological aplomb or hormone-driven social drama.