Study: People Who Text Frequently Tend To Be More Racist, Shallow

CBS Cleveland, April 13, 2013

A new study indicates that people who engage in text messaging tend to be more racist and shallow than their less technologically savvy counterparts.

Researchers at the University of Winnipeg found that young people are specifically susceptible to the trend, according to the Edmonton Journal.

The study was conducted by observing 2,300 psychology students for three years, with observations beginning during their first years of college. Participants were asked to fill out online surveys during the course of the several-year study.


Researchers additionally asked some students to send text messages, talk on cell phones, or abstain from all phone activity during a lab experiment connected to the study.

Afterwards, those participants were asked to rate their approval levels of different groups of minorities–and the people who sent more text messages during the experiment also gave more generally negative ratings to different demographics than those who did not.


“Ultra-brief social media like texting and Twitter encourages rapid, relatively shallow thought and consequently very frequent daily use of such media should be associated with cognitive and moral shallowness,” researchers noted, according to the Journal.


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  • Chick

    We’ve seen numerous articles that blacks and Hispanics utilize Twitter, Facebook, and smartphones more than white people do. Recently we’ve seen several articles that those who Facebook, Tweet, and text most often have the most racist thoughts. Putting all the articles together, since blacks and Hispanics likely Tweet and text the most we can infer that it’s those two groups who have the most racist views. Racist toward whom? I wonder.

    • pcmustgo

      Blacks are more extroverted. I used to hang out with a group of black girls as a teen, just for a bit and they were noticeably into using the phone more- 3 way phone conversations, etc. We’ve all read the studies about blacks using phones more, using more phone minutes.

      The whites I have known who were big cell phone and phone users were also dumb and mindless types.

      • pcmustgo

        Cell phone etiquette and literal addiction to i-phones and such is a big issue in this society now. I mostly find these people to be selfish, mindless, energy vampires who need attention at all times.

  • pcmustgo

    Idk, I hate texting myself and frequently have to tell friends to stop texting me so much. I don’t even own an android. Blacks tend to love all forms of phone talking and are more extroverted in this sense.

    I do agree people who are more into “gabbing” on the phone and texting are more shallow. Dumb people tend to love the phone more.

  • bigone4u

    Massive amounts of texting and Twitter postings are activities that attract narcissists–idiots who think the whole world revolves around them. Narcissism, texting, and tweeting is pandemic among blacks and Hispanics. These are mostly immature, shallow people who view themselves as superior to everyone else. Thus, there’s going to be a lot of antiwhite sentiment coming from them, but also a lot of negativity of all kinds.

    That said, this study if flawed in too many ways to have any real value.

  • The__Bobster

    Junk science at its finest. I never text and neither do my openly racist friends.

  • sbuffalonative

    “Afterwards, those participants were asked to rate their approval levels of different groups of minorities”
    Let’s say these people did make racial comments. The real question here is why? Had they just talked to friends about an interaction with a minority or read about a black flash mob or a violent black crime?
    Until we know what triggered these alleged racist comments, we need to know the facts behind them.

    • brengunn

      It could also be that they don’t self censor, which I imagine is very true of people who text so much. OTOH, less shallow types may censor their thoughts, even in surveys. I don’t know whether this is true, but it’s a possibility.

  • Easyrhino1

    Also, people who have their toilet paper under, instead of over the roll, are more apt to be criminally insane!

    Seriously, what is the motive to study such minutia?

    • Svigor

      There is something underhanded, sneaky, and skullduggerous about people who have the roll set to feed from underneath. I don’t trust ’em one bit.

      • Unperson

        Yes, but do these “under-rollers” have the correct, socially-acceptable views on Race or not? Nowadays that’s all that really matters.
        Quick! We need a study on racism and toilet-paper preferences! Round up the clipboards, the ballpoints, and the grad students!

      • Katherine McChesney

        I don’t either. Etiquette requires that toilet paper be brought OVER the roll with the ‘tail’ at front and center. This way one does not have to struggle needlessly to find the beginning of the roll. It should be torn neatly at the dotted line. It is also considerate of the next person who uses the toilet. Neatness comes naturally to Intelligent, race realist Whites.

    • professor

      I switched to brown paper and hope my movements turn white from hepatitis or cirrhosis so the workers at the local sewage treatment plant don’t think I’m a racist and get the homelanders after me. It’s the right thing to do!

  • khesanh67-68

    I find it interesting how people can actually make a living at all these stupid studies.

    • liberalscuk

      That’s because they are using taxpayer money to feed themselves.

  • Svigor

    I suppose it’s time for me to get my text count (way, way) up, because I’m definitely, most assuredly, indubitably, absolutely, unrepentantly, unequivocally, definitively racist. It’s my text count that’s lacking.

  • Luca

    When will my study get published?:

    A new study from the school of Common Sense indicates that people who speak “ebonics” tend to be loud, crude, violent, vulgar, lazy, criminal, promiscuous, low-intelligence, welfare recipients.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    People got paid to do this?

  • Liberalsuck

    What about those bigoted blacks who use Twitter to post pictures of the whites they’ve beat, robbed, raped or killed?

    • Erasmus

      According to thinking that’s currently fashionable, only whites can be racist. Even a black mass murderer, if he killed hundreds of white people and shouted “Damn honkies!” the entire time he was doing it, can never be racist.

    • rebelcelt

      Myquestion is( what is the race of the boys that raped the 15 year old girl that committed suicide. )? You know the ones the police refused to prosecute until she killed herself?

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    I resent the notion of racism being tied to shallowness.

  • Bobby

    One of my oldest friends is a mathematics professor at one of the California colleges and he had told me more than once, about his impression of the teachers he has met in the humanities and English departement, as a “bunch of weirdos” that he goes out of his way to avoid.

    • saxonsun

      That’s exactly what English professors think of math people–looks like a quid pro quo.

  • The Final Solution

    Ha ha! Remember this story:

    Lakeysha Beard Kicked Off Train For Talking Too Loudly

    The queen of racist.

  • Dats Racis

    I need your tax money for a new “study”
    What’s the study?
    It’s to prove that XXXX is racist:

  • Funruffian

    This is worse than Psuedo-science: it’s libtarded drivel given the chance to make some half-baked case study in order to pinpoint Racism. Does this study also support that Blacks are by far the biggest texters, sexters and Sial-phone users piling on more minutes and usage per capita than other races. I average bout 3-5 texts per day depending on what I’m doing, but their are only 2 people who I exchange texts with.

  • Fr. John+

    Gee, I’m a confirmed racist (I believe that the White Race is God’s Elect, and all others are… well, not) and an intellect- posess a doctorate, speak three foreign languages, and yet….I rarely text…. (I find it stupid) Hmmm. Would I skew the data on the cockamamie ‘study’? Oh, I hope so…. Brother, what idiots the modern world posesses.

    • Anon12

      I am totally on board with you Fr. John.

  • Lou406

    “A new study indicates that people who engage in text messaging tend to be more racist and shallow”
    Perhaps I’m wrong but I recall reading about a few studies which showed that Blacks and Hispanics used social media more frequently than whites.
    Maybe both studies are right.

  • Steven Bannister

    I think I’ll text this comment…

  • rebelcelt

    Notice how it is a given that the racists are shallow. What a bunch of dweebs..

  • Charles Edward Lincoln III

    My name is Charles Lincoln. I do text frequently. In fact it is my preferred method of quick, efficient, and accurate communication. I supported George Corley Wallace for President when I was 12. I have read and studied Count Gobineau and Houston Stewart Chamberlain (along with Darwin, Marx, Wagner, and Freud) throughout a life wherein I have studied Anthropology, History, and Law. I wrote a doctoral dissertation on the subjects (and with the title) “Ethnicity and Social Organization” at Harvard which was accepted in 1990. I supported David Duke for Governor of Louisiana 20 years ago. I have advocated the complete extension of Federal civil rights laws to white people for most of those same past twenty years ago. I read AmRen almost daily today—hmmm…. If all this makes me a shallow and unthinking person, I guess they have a point. And so what????? If people who share my viewpoints like to text… let them text and say “hi, how’s the war going?” anytime they want.