Tag: teenagers

National Teen Driver Safety Week reminds you to drive safe



Vlingo recently completed a study that reveals teens use text messaging as their primary method of communications and 60% admitted to reading incoming messaging while driving.

The survey comes as the nation observes National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18th-24th. According to the study, 94 percent of teens use their mobile phones to send text messages. Fifty-four percent send more than 500 text messages per month and 79 percent send more text messages than make phone calls. Teens use text messaging primarily to communicate with friends (72 percent).

While email is central to communication on a BlackBerry, the device is also used heavily for SMS. Many teens buy BlackBerry devices, not for the email capabilities, but for the QWERTY keyboard and the brand.

It is for this reason that BlackBerryCool.com would like to remind you not to drive while using your BlackBerry. Even though using voice-based user interfaces may show an improvement in your ability to focus on the road, the absolute safest thing you can do is just wait until you arrive at your destination.

Visit Vlingo and register to read the full survey.

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Mobile use affects sleep in teens, don’t give them a BlackBerry


As I walk to work each day to get my blog on, I often pass punk kids blathering away on their mobiles. Recently, I’ve seen many of them using BlackBerry Pearls or hand-me-down 7290’s (still kicking!) from their parents. That’s why I’m pleased to discover today that all those punk kids in my way suffer from sleeping disorders.

According to a research abstract that will be presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (no, I’m not making that up), when compared to subjects with restricted use of cell phones, young people with excessive use of cell phones (both talking and text messaging) have increased restlessness with more careless lifestyles, more consumption of stimulating beverages, difficulty in falling asleep and disrupted sleep, and more susceptibility to stress and fatigue.

So if you love your child, don’t give them a BlackBerry. It does beg the question, however: if this is what happens to teens, what’s going to happen to us?

(via CN)

Click here to read more about the study