“Girls Text Really Weird”: Gender, Texting and Identity Among Teens

  title={“Girls Text Really Weird”: Gender, Texting and Identity Among Teens},
  author={Rich Ling and Naomi S. Baron and Amanda Lenhart and Scott W. Campbell},
  journal={Journal of Children and Media},
  pages={423 - 439}
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