Sue Shellenbarger writes in the online Wall Street Journal on September 3, 2009
"Some experts lament that all that keyboard jabber is making our kids stupid – unable to read nonverbal cues such as facial expressions, gestures, posture and other silent signals of mood and attitude. Unlike phones, text messaging doesn’t even allow transmission of tone of voice or pauses, says Mark Bauerlein, author of a book called The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future."
Shellenbarger, Sue. "For Teens, Has Texting Replaced Talking?" Wall Street Journal may be read here.
MSNBC featured the UK video blogged here last week. The video has been criticized by some as too violent. Folks I've heard from believe it should be required viewing for teens and others who text while driving. You can read the MSNBC debate here. You can vote on the issue on that website.