Donate your SMS messages download/print for class

March 7th, 2012

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When you donate something, you give someone something for free and it will help them, hopefully. Almost all of us can donate blood, a kidney and a heart. But now, scientists want something else from you. Your SMS messages! That's right. Donate your SMS to a University near you.

Universities in Greece, France, and Quebec are involved and you can give them your text messages.

Why are they doing it? Well, people who study languages and culture like to see how we use language to communicate and how our communication changes over time. In the last 30 years, billions of people started communicating through text messages, not face-to-face. Scientists want to see how that has changed and how has our language changed after we started using phones and computers.

A Belgian University started this project. If you would like (want to) donate your SMS messages to them, please look here.


In Class Questions

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What does “donate” mean?

What can a person donate?

What do scientists want you to do?


Why are scientists asking you for your SMS messages?

What are millions of people doing more often than before?

What are people doing less often than before?


Who started this project?





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