Korean Children ‘Obsessed’ with Text Messaging

Korean Children ‘Obsessed’ with Text Messag

Kim Hyun-suk is a sophomore in high school and a so-called thumb jockey: he is constantly sending text messages to friends regardless of time and place. Hyun-suk sends so many text messages that it broke the buttons on his phone and gave him carpal tunnel syndrome — the painful swelling and inflammation of the fingers and wrists associated with excessive typing that increasingly affects excessive users of mobile phones.

According to figures released by the National Statistical Office on Wednesday, teenagers between 15 and 19 on average sent a whopping 60.1 text messages per day, a slight increase from 59.5 in 2005. “Our children are seriously addicted to cell phones,” an official with the civic group Parent’s Union on Net said. Some 46 percent of middle and high school students send text messages even in class, according to research by the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity & Promotion.

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