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Boston Globe: "On call all night can leave texting teens tired out"

March 27, 2011

An article in the Boston Globe notes that teens are experiencing more daytime sleepiness when they spend the night "on call," with their phones on or near the bed to avoid missing nighttime messages or calls. Texting late at night creates difficulty falling asleep and interferes with sleep quality, and teens are woken up by incoming texts, calls, or e-mails, leading to students falling asleep in class.

Some teens claim the need to feel connected is more important than getting adequate sleep, or that they are socially obligated to return calls or texts immediately, but researchers recommend that parents take phones away at night to prevent their children from being kept awake by continuous texts and alerts.

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