Aussie news site posts list of texting disorders – I don’t know whether to laugh or cry

As a society we seem to love nothing better than creating psychological disorders around every new fad that comes our way and it seems that texting is no different.

The Sydney Morning Herald in Australia has a post up today where Jennie Carroll, a Melbourne technology researcher with RMIT University claims to have discovered four separate disorders when it comes to texting and out children.

Yes folks, our children are once again in danger from themselves and this wicked texting thing because they just don’t know any better.

She says teenagers who text too much could find themselves suffering from:

– Textaphrenia: thinking you’ve heard or felt a new text message vibration when there is no message.

– Textiety: a feeling of anxiety from not receiving or sending any text messages.

– Post-traumatic text disorder: injuries related to texting, such as walking into objects by not paying attention to your surroundings.

– Binge texting: sending massive amounts of texts to build self-esteem among peers.

Oh please.

As stupid as this list might be the scary part is that it will probably get all kinds of press and be claimed as the next big danger. The upside of course that each of those items will probably end up being a whole new revenue stream for the head doctors which they can use to pay for that new BMW.