‘Hypertexting’ Lumped In With Other Risky Teen Behaviors


Once upon a time, the word “hypertexting” referred to the process of linking one page of text to another through a specific Internet protocol. Now, public health researchers are using it to describe the practice of sending mobile phone text messages in the extreme: “hyper,” as in lots, and “texting” as in, well, texting. As it turns out, teenagers who engage in “hypertexting,” which the researchers define as sending more than 120 text messages per school day, also have a propensity for doing other extreme, often risky, things — like using illegal drugs or binge drinking.

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