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By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Brand-heavy docu celebrates kids who text at record speed.

TV MTV Reality TV 1999
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While not among the very best or most artful documentaries about teens and their talents, Bill Couturié's Thumbs gets points for exposing the fascinating (and borderline disturbing) habits of teen texters, some of whom admit to sending up to 30,000 messages a month. And while parents of kids who are already old enough to text might not be terribly surprised, parents of younger children could get a much-needed wake-up call.

Particularly off-putting is the widely practiced custom among the featured contestants of texting during class -- from either under a desk or, for the more expertly abled, behind the back without even looking. And while multitasking is a useful skill in today's lightning-fast world, is it really conducive to meaningful learning? We're not sure it's so GR8.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: May 18, 1999
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: September 19, 2019

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