In the news: One in three teenagers sends over 100 text messages per day; half send and receive over 50 texts daily -- and teenage girls do it the most (80 texts per day versus boys, who average 30).
My response to that headline was a resounding "D-UH."
My teenage daughter and I are forty years apart, and nothing marks the differences between our generations like today's technology.
When I was a young teen, it was a rite of passage to get your own phone line. Now that I think about it, my parents probably had ours installed out of self-defense, as my sister and I tied up the family line the minute we got home from school until were pried off of it for dinner.
And these were the days before the invention of call waiting, caller ID, voicemail and all those other innovations that have changed the way we communicate.
So I don't feel any nostalgia for the "good old days." It was my idea to get Megan her own phone when she was in 4th grade, because she was spending four hours a day after school training in competitive gymnastics, and it made ME feel better, knowing that we could directly connect if we needed to.
The fact that the phone enabled her to communicate with all of her friends was just icing on the cake.