I had a student many years ago who never spoke in class, but sent me an
email almost every day.
The Japanese must have a different system of billing for cellular
Steve Barner, South Burlington
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Sounds like some young people are moving in the direction of the
characters from Solaria which Isaac Asimov created in his robot novels;
they avoided human contact at all costs. Scary isn't it?
David Tisdell. Music Teacher
Browns River Middle School
20 River Road
Jericho, VT 05465
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>>> Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> 1/11/2008 8:16 AM >>>
Cellphone obsession leads Japanese children to 'scary world'
By Miwa Suzuki
First Posted 11:51am (Mla time) 01/11/2008
TOKYO--Young Japanese people are evolving a new lifestyle for the 21st
century based on the cellphones that few are now able to live without.
While about one-third of Japanese primary school students aged 7-12
years old use cellphones, by the time they get to high school that
figure has shot up to 96 percent, according to a government survey
released last month.
They are using their phones to read books, listen to music, chat with
friends and surf the Internet -- an average of 124 minutes a day for
high school girls and 92 minutes for boys.
While the wired world they now inhabit holds enormous advantages for
learning and communicating, it also brings a downside, say experts who
point to a rise in cyberbullying and a growing inability among teenagers
to deal with other people face to face.
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