JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Text messaging got off to a slow start in the U.S. in 1996, but it’s grown immensely popular with nearly 75 percent of Americans texting.
It’s made an impact on law and crime, social unrest and politics.
And now the short message is taking on teenagers and their most intimate questions.
Jefferson County’s Department of Public Health Monday launched “Go Ask Tish.”
It’s a text message service in which teenagers ask anything they ever wanted to know about sex.
They text questions to nurses who text answers right back.
“When we get bored, this is what we do,” says Tiana Vialpando, 16, a junior at Wheat Ridge High School.
Teens fast fingers seemingly text nonstop.
“Usually pretty often, probably like all day,” laughs Mia Guzman, 14, about how often she texts.
It’s mostly for fun.
“I am very social. So maybe around 100-plus, a day,” laughs Vialpando.