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How much texting is too much?

Michael Rich, MD, MPH

Michael Rich, MD, MPH, is Children’s Hospital Boston’s media expert and director of Children’s Center on Media and Child Health. Take a look at his blog archive or follow him on Twitter @CMCH_Boston.

Last week he wrote about the appropriateness of TVs in doctor waiting rooms, this week he talks about how much texting constitutes a addiction.

Q: My daughter is 13 years old, and we have set times during the day that her phone is disabled. It is not available for texting during school hours, and during the week it is set to turn off at her bedtime. My question is about the rest of the time. How much texting is too much? I realize it is the main form of communication for teenagers, but my husband and I find ourselves wondering if she is texting too much. Last night, my husband counted 600 messages back and forth for the day.

-Too much texting?, in Irvine, CA

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