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Stand there and look into my eyes
And tell me that all we had were lies
Show me that to you it don’t count
And I’ll stand here if you prefer
Yes I’ll leave you without a word
Without a word

And you can tell the world
That you’re tired
But your excuses, they won’t work
'Cause I'll know that you're lying
Every time that I see your face
I notice all the suffering
Just turn to my embrace
I won’t let you come to nothing

Brings back memories </3


Teens text for study and don’t hold back the profanity, sex, drugs: For the last four years, the University of Texas at Dallas professor has been collecting texts sent by and to 175 adolescent students at a large suburban Texas high school as part of a study dubbed the BlackBerry Project.

You’d think the students would self-censor their texts — since they know Underwood and her students are watching — but that doesn’t seem to be the case.

In an early look at the data, Underwood found that 7% of the texts contain profane language, and that 6.6% of messages contained sexual language, which is similar to what other researchers found when analyzing conversations in teenage chat rooms.

In fact, when a friend texted one participant about selling drugs, the participant wrote back, “Hey, be careful, the BlackBerry people are watching, don’t worry, they won’t tell anyone.”

Underwood has promised the participants that their privacy will be protected, but she has a researcher monitoring the stream of texts they send and receive each day to look for worrisome words like “rape,” “kill myself” or “older man.”

She has also intervened a handful of times when a student has run away from home.

So far, Underwood has been busy mostly with collecting the texting data rather than analyzing it.

And in fact, she says she has tried to limit the amount of time she spends reading the texts as they come in.

“I have someone who works for me who checks it everyday, but I don’t look at it too often because I’m immediately absorbed by it,” she said. “It is so rich and they say so much to each other, and they use such sophisticated language, it just sucks me in.”

Oof, I feel that last part. Sometimes I get sucked into reading the Tumblrs of teens who follow us.
— S. 

Photo credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times


Report finds wave of Mexican immigration to U.S. has ended: The study by the Pew Hispanic Center cites the economic downturn and increased enforcement at the U.S.-Mexico border as factors in the drop in the number of Mexicans coming to the country.

Photo: Migrants thread their way along footpaths just north of the Mexico-Arizona border in 2007. A new report says immigration from Mexico has come to a statistical standstill. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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