It probably won’t surprise you that teens are texting more than ever before. Experts show great concern for teen texting. Students might not learn correct grammar and spelling if they write a lot of text messages. Also all that texting takes away from hours that could be spent studying, exercising, pursuing hobbies, or talking with others face to face. Some kids even sleep with their phones beneath their pillows and wake up several times during the night to text.
Dr. Elizabeth Dowdell points out teens need to learn that they can—and should—turn off their phones sometimes. She and her team had two teenagers, Kenny and Franchesca, carry out an experiment. They should obey the rules: No phone for 48 hours. No computer or Internet either, unless it was for schoolwork. Would these two teenagers be able to do it?
“I think I’m going to feel really alone,” Kenny worried. Franchesca was nervous but brave. “I’m excited for the challenge,” she said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.” They handed their phones to their mothers for safekeeping. The challenge was on.
The team caught up with Kenny and Franchesca after 48 phone-free hours. “Wow, it was pure suffering,” Kenny joked. “Though life with no phone wasn’t easy,” he admitted, “it had benefits. I felt less stressed because I didn’t have to be involved.” Sure, Kenny missed his friends, and he was sad at times. But he also felt relief from the constant texting. Instead of texting, Kenny went to the gym and caught up on schoolwork. He said that the first night he slept for 10 hours. He also spent time sitting with his family and talking. “I felt closer to my parents,” said Kenny.
Franchesca had an even happier result when she put away her phone. “I loved it!” she said. “I was going to the gym and hanging out with friends and playing basketball. I had a wonderful experience.” She slept better too, and she decided to continue the experiment for a while. “I think I’ll be so much smarter and healthier,” she explained. “Everybody in the world should try it.”
Kenny doesn’t plan to give up his phone again. But he now knows that he can live without it. “It was a reality check,” said the teen.
39. Experts are concerned about teens’ texting because it ______.
A. leads to learning disabilities
B. takes up their learning time
C. develops the habit of staying up late
D. causes misunderstandings with each other
40. What can be inferred from the passage?
A. Teens will live a healthier life without phones.
B. Expecting teens to live without phones is not realistic.
C. Experimenting with phone use is popular among teens.
D. Teens don’t realize how different their lives are without phones.
41. How were the two teens’ reactions to the 48-hour challenge different?
A. Only Kenny participated in physical activities.
B. Only Kenny spent time talking with his parents.
C. Only Franchesca benefited from a really good sleep.
D. Only Franchesca appreciated the freedom of having no phone.
42. Which is the best title for the passage?
A. Giving up Texting B. Rules for Using Phones
C. Two Days with No Phone D. Problems Caused by Texting