Sending a text message is a quick way to communicate without having to pick up the phone, but now doctors warn that excessive texting can cause health problems, especially among young people who use the service most. Passing notes in class is a thing of the past. Now many teenagers' thumbs seem glued to their cell phones. Texting has become a teen obsession. "I text very often, at work, during school, in the bathroom, at home, when I wake up, when I go to sleep,” said Melford Hill. Jackson Turbeville also loves to text. "All during the day, during school, I’ll do it before I go to bed at night." It's no mystery to parents. “We’re on the way to school, there's texting going on, they get up in the morning, they're texting, they're receiving texts,” said Charlotte Rosenberg. Leslie Seymore is another parent astounded by the amount of texting. "The texting is unbelievable, I mean this all day, and all night, her phone is like beeping and buzzing." Now some doctors are weighing in, concerned that excessive texting may pose health problems... "If they're sitting with a telephone by their bedside answering texts all night long, they're not likely to get the sleep they need to function well and learn what they need to learn,” said pediatrician Dr. David Hill. Excessive texting may also cause permanent injuries. "There’s every reason to think that teens who text all day long, may also end up even with permanent finger and hand injuries as a result,” added Dr. Hill. Texting can also be a distraction. Teens have gotten texting in class down to a science. "I can just hold it under my desk or something for the second that I’m doing it,” said Corinne Hester. Texting is even going on behind the wheel. Another teen added, "I just put it on the steering wheel sometimes when I’m driving the car, and text while I’m driving down the road." Dr. Hill has some recommendations. He says parents should moderate texting, make sure your teens turn their cell phones off at night, and leave the phone out the classroom. And obviously, don't text while driving.
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