Leslie Buentello, 17, was sitting around her house Tuesday evening, more or less doing homework, when a serious case of boredom — compounded by the munchies — set in. So she decided to text her friend Isabel, a classmate at Mount Pleasant High School.
“i bought the marshmallows,” she said, thumbing the keyboard of her cell phone nonchalantly. “hee hee.”
“fersuuuure,” came back the immediate reply. “i m eating my yummy soup.”
“i m eating my chili cheese fries,” Leslie replied. “life is good.”
The survey found that 75 percent of teens own cell phones: 88 percent use their phones to text. One in three texters sends more than 100 text messages a day with girls texting at nearly three times the rate of boys.
The reporter asked Nick Ben, a junior, if he’d “ever tried to take advantage of his parents’ disdain for texting, asking to stay out late by sending a text he figured they wouldn’t read for hours?”
“Actually, I hadn’t really thought about that,” he said. “But now that you brought it up, it’s a good idea.”
San Jose Unified now lets students carry cell phones but insists that they be turned off in class. That’s hard to enforce as more teens develop the ability to type text messages underneath their desks.
“Not all kids are able to text without looking at their phone,” Nick said sorrowfully, as if he were describing a serious disability. “That’s how some teachers are able to spot texting.”
Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I used to read under my desk during class.