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A new study by the University of Winnipeg may prove that universities are running out of ideas on topics to study.

Researchers at Winnipeg suggest that people who engage in text messaging are likely to be more racist and shallow than their less technologically savvy counterparts, according to a CBS affiliate in Cleveland.

Younger people are said to be more susceptible to the trend.

Students were surveyed over a three year period, and researchers concluded that those who said they sent more than 100 text messages per day were 30 percent less likely to concern themselves with living ethical lives.

As reported by the Edmonton Journal, the study indicates that students who text a lot “place less importance on moral, esthetic and spiritual goals and greater importance on wealth and image.

Wow.

Even more mind boggling is the study suggests that students who sent text messages consistently associated with higher levels of ethnic prejudice —  rating minority groups more negatively — than students who didn’t text.

“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.

In summary, according to the world of academia, if you frequently text, chances are you’re an unethical racist. Something to keep in mind the next time you feel compelled to put those thumbs to work.

Tom Tillison

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