SMSs can help predict anti-social behaviour: Study

smsWASHINGTON: A new study has revealed that teens’ text message content can predict anti-social behaviour.

US researchers have found that talking about bad behaviour on texts helps in increasing the levels of such behaviour.

Lead author of the study, Samuel Ehrenreich said that the anti-social texts predicted increases in rule-breaking behavior and aggressive behavior, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The study analysed messages of 172 ninth graders in an experiment, with the understanding that they will be monitored.

Ehrenreich referred to texting as a powerful tool providing a new opportunity for peer influence but explained that it could be a positive force for adolescents, referring to the majority of texts that contained positive, meaningful communication.

source : Times of India

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