Teenage girls and boys do not text in the same way according to a new study.

Read: To text or not to text

Here’s how they differ:

  • Boys text to get and receive information. Girls text to connect with people.
  • Girls are more likely to be compulsive texters even though they text, on average, the same amount as boys.
  • Compulsive texting in girls is more likely to affect their academic performance than compulsive texting in boys.
  • Girls are more prone to negative emotions and texting experiences.
Read: Can you text your way to a healthy heart?

For more:

Scientific American: Teen Texting 

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