"A text message conversation is just as real to teenagers as this conversation - sitting in this room - is to us." - Perry Noble
Face to face conversation is valued by everyone...but when we communicate with teens we need to remember that texting is not shallow, it is just the new way of communicating.
I think most important conversations should be had audibly, and I have seen many arguments come up because two teenagers miscommunicated with each other because they texted instead of actually talking.
*A student admitted last week that last month she sent and received a combined 5,000 text messages...which is roughly 170/day! Yeah, I'd say text messaging is a valuable communication tool!