“Sleep Texting?”

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Liang MacIntosh-Yee

A young freshman caught in the act. She has continually struggled with sleep texting.

James Holden, Commentary Editor

It’s late at night, and you are crawling in bed after cramming into one night all the work for an essay assigned two weeks ago. You fall asleep instantly. However, when you wake up in the morning and check your phone, you see that your text mailbox is full. Wait, how did this happen? You were only “90% Full” last night!

More and more, this strange phenomenon is happening to young people, especially to teens like us who spend too much time with our phones. What I’m talking about is sleep texting. Of course, practically everyone texts. I bet you can’t make it through one class period without seeing someone using their phone, but only recently has it become known that texting has invaded dreamland.

Does sleep texting show that people spend too much time with our phones? Well, Sophomore Charlie Plaziak, who first experienced sleep texting this month, “Thought it was pretty funny.” What happened to Charlie is what happens to most sleep texters he was texting in his bed before he went to sleep, and just kept on texting. While some send embarrassing texts, Charlie “just said complete gibberish” and when he got a text back asking what he said, he “only sent back more gibberish.” Of course, he noticed this all in the morning, “not [remembering] any of it all.”

Charlie does admit to texting more than he probably should, but doesn’t see any problem with it, just a funny story. Senior Evan Blomgren, though, thinks otherwise. When asked about sleep texting, Evan said he’d never done it, but that “if someone [sleep texts], I think they text way too much.” And, is he wrong? I must admit, I have sleep texted, but it just feels strange, not that something is wrong with me. However, like Charlie, I haven’t sent anything embarrassing… Yet. I mean, who knows what I am capable of saying when I am asleep? Could I sabotage myself? Humiliate myself? Accidently admit my true feelings for… Oh, almost let it slip. Tonight, let’s try and keep the phones out of reach before we go to sleep. Better safe than sorry.