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The 36,000 Texts That Led Me to Working for Pinwheel

"I sent 36,000 texts the first month I had a “REAL” phone"

It was the summer of 2009, I had mowed many lawns and had done odd jobs to pay for two specific things I had worked towards all summer. At the age of 14, I wanted nothing more than an excellent music collection and a cell phone with which to text and call friends. My parents had refused to buy me one with the stipulation that if I could afford it on my own, I could have one. Right before my freshman year of high school, I went into a Wal-Mart and found a cheap flip-phone which had unlimited texting for $20/month. I had saved up enough to pay for a whole year ahead of time and was excited about the possibilities. I dropped $30 on the purchase and headed out.

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Teen Health and Phone Usage

Dr. Mike Brooks from our therapist council shared this journal article with us recently: “The impact of digital technology use on adolescent well-being.” It’s a 2020 “study of studies” on adolescents, technology, and well-being. We read it so you don't have to and pulled out what we felt were the key points!

Types of Use. Why not all “technology time” is the same.

Active vs. Passive
Communicating or creating are active forms. Consuming information, scrolling by, anonymously watching or lurking is passive.

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