Just thought I’d share this article I came across. I think it falls in the “duh” category but it’s still interesting. It appeared in The Canadian Press on April 12, 2013.
WINNIPEG — A study at the University of Winnipeg says young people who do a lot of texting tend to be more shallow.
The university says more than 2,300 first-year psychology students were surveyed online for three consecutive years.
The results indicate that students who text frequently place less importance on moral, esthetic and spiritual goals and greater importance on wealth and image.
The study says those who texted more than 100 times a day were 30 per cent less likely to feel strongly that leading an ethical, principled life was important, in comparison to those who texted 50 times or less a day.
The study says higher texting frequency was also consistently associated with higher levels of ethnic prejudice.
The university says researchers Dr. Paul Trapnell and Dr. Lisa Sinclair also took texting into the lab.
In the study, some students texted, some spoke on cell phones, and some did neither. Then, all students rated how they felt about different social groups.
Those who had been texting rated minority groups more negatively than the others did.
The university says the experiment was meant to test the so-called “shallowing hypothesis” described in “The Shallows,” a best-selling book by Nicholas Carr.
The theory suggests “ultra-brief social media like texting and Twitter encourages rapid, relatively shallow thought and consequently very frequent daily use of such media should be associated with cognitive and moral shallowness.”