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The Evolution of Emoji Language

Sherina Harris | Posted 11.29.2015 | Teen
Sherina Harris

I don't know if emojis will ever be deemed appropriate enough to use in a news article, but the thought alone is pretty cool. And what about for essays? No more changing "it's" to "it is" in an attempt to get your word count up: just add some emojis!

The Message You Send When Your Text Reply Ends In A Period

Pacific Standard | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.25.2015 | Technology

The Oxford English Dictionary's recent announced that its 2015 "word" of the year is an emoji confirmed that texting is indeed creating a whole ...

Sexting and Texting... the New Way to Connect?

Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW, AASECT | Posted 11.23.2015 | Education
Beatty Cohan, MSW, LCSW, AASECT

Newspapers reported last week that at least 100 Canon City Colorado high school students, as well as several 8th graders, sent nude photographs of themselves to each other as part of a larger sexting ring.

MIT Professor: Why 'Ghosting' Is Bad For Society (VIDEO)

HuffPost News | David Flumenbaum | Posted 11.23.2015 | Healthy Living

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Here's Why Apologizing By Text Is Different From Saying Sorry In Person

Glamour | Madeline Wahl | Posted 11.20.2015 | Women

We spend an average of three hours each day fixated on our phones. And all that quality time with those tiny screens, MIT social scientist Sherry Turk...

How "Catfish" Star Nev Schulman Is Using Emojis to Get Older Adults Connected This Thanksgiving | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact

Nev Schulman is the face of Grandparents Gone Wired, a campaign from and Mentor Up. This holiday season, Grandparents Gone Wired activates young people to teach their grandparents -- or other older adults -- how to text and how to use emojis.

3 Ways to Deal With Anxiety Caused By Confusing Digital Age Etiquette

Lantern | Posted 11.18.2015 | Healthy Living

For example, that interesting yet profoundly anxiety-producing time with my apparently-not-former friend. Was she being rude for ignoring me? Or, against my better judgment, had I been rude for messaging her insistently? Was I hounding her or was she ghosting me?

Can We Just Talk About Sexting?

Diana Graber | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Diana Graber

When kids do get caught sexting, the adult response is typically two-fold: First, it's met with shock; second, it elicits a knee-jerk reaction. In each of the sexting scandals above, for example, teens faced suspension from school, possible felony charges, or both. These severe penalties extended even to kids whose only crime was to have been the recipient of the sexually explicit message. Hardly fair.

The D*ck-tionary You Need To Decode The Crappy Texts We All Get

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 11.11.2015 | Arts

Text messages are deceptively simple -- so few letters, yet so much time spent on anxiously decoding what they mean. According to a previous&nb...

Embracing Your Plus Size

Linda Lauren | Posted 11.04.2015 | Technology
Linda Lauren

After my purchase of the iPhone 6 Plus, I began to realize that I was fumbling a lot because my hands were small and the phone felt clumsy in them. I set out to discover ways around this new size so that I could embrace it to it's full potential.

Learning to Live in a Hyper-Connected World

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.21.2015 | Technology
Suren Ramasubbu

One may argue that video chatting and such applications are virtual face-to-face meetings and can convey the silent language. Such arguments do not hold water in that most (ab)used form of digital communication is text messaging.

A Guy Explains The Top 5 Reasons They Aren't Texting You Back

Unwritten | Posted 10.20.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Craig Ellis. Texting has become a crucial trend in modern communication. Alongside it's popularity, a vast amoun...


James A. Roberts | Posted 10.15.2015 | Technology
James A. Roberts

We all know the tell-tale signs.... a hand over the right ear of the driver in front of us, someone driving 50 miles per hour on the Interstate. Or, the slow "lane drift" as the driver in front or beside you slowly creeps into your lane and then corrects his lane tracking before he does it all over again.

How Texting Can Make You More Effective Professionally and Personally

Matt Tenney | Posted 10.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Matt Tenney

Device use can become an opportunity to not only connect with another person or find important information, it can be an opportunity to actually let go of some of your anxiety, to be more present for your next encounter with a person, and to be more effective at whatever task you engage in after using your device.

What's Happened to Face-to-Face Conversation With Teens? Cell Phone 'Addictions'

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

The next time you talk to your teen, notice how often he or you share your attention with your smart phone. How long can you talk without an intervening text? What is the impact of these diversions on your parent-teen relationship?

Texting Isn't the Problem: A Conversation With Sherry Turkle About Reclaiming Conversation

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Technology
Davis Schneiderman

I recall my first year as a professor at Lake Forest College (2001), where a single student spoke on her bulky cell phone as she walked across the quad. I would hold my hand to my ear as I passed her as if I were talking, a joke we shared.

This Is The Worst Text Your Ex Could Ever Send You

Unwritten | Posted 10.03.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Kelly Alto. I've got a real problem happening here, you guys. Do you want to know what annoys me more than seein...

"Phubbing" Could Destroy Your Relationship, Says New Study

Glamour | Posted 10.02.2015 | Weddings

By Marissa Gold, Glamour (Photo: WWD/CN Digital Archives) Raise your hand if your partner has ever complained that you're "always on your phone" wh...

7 Texts You NEVER Want To Get From The Babysitter

Meredith Masony | Posted 10.01.2015 | Parents
Meredith Masony

If you have children, think back to the first time you left them with a babysitter. I'm not talking about your parents, or your husband's parents. I'm talking about the first time you left them with someone who is not related to you. It can be a very scary time.

10 Priceless Texts You'll Get As A Parent Of A College Student

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.30.2015 | Fifty

You may have thought that life as an empty nester would mean rarely hearing from your college kid. Wrong. You might actually be hearing from them more...

Five Ways to Say 'We Need to Talk' Via a Text Message that Won't Freak People Out

Stephanie Michele | Posted 09.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

"We Need to Talk" -- Those four words generate a lot of fear no matter if they are texted or not. Here are five strategies to use when transitioning important communication away from texting.

14 Little Things Every Guy Does When He's Really Into the Girl He's Dating

Christopher Lai | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Christopher Lai

You just met your boo and you have a good feeling, like, a really good feeling. You can't stop thinking about her. You'll text her while you're in class; you'll text her while you're in a meeting; you'll text her while you're crossing the road.

Tips for Better Texting

Linda Lauren | Posted 09.17.2015 | Technology
Linda Lauren

Texting is being given a bad reputation by the very people who use it for it's convenience, and it does not have to be that way. There is true beauty in the communication of texting, and when it is embraced it can be very rewarding.

Why Texting Should Not Be Used in a New Relationship

Stephanie Michele | Posted 09.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Michele

Disclaimer: If you are not willing or wanting to commit to the development of a healthy relationship... this post is not for you. Okay. If you are st...

Video Captures That Horrible Feeling Of Waiting For A Text From That Certain Person

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.14.2015 | Gay Voices

Dating in the digital age is complicated. Channels of non-direct communication -- mainly texting and Facebook chat -- can easily cause inten...