Texting: Does it Add To the Conversation or Subtract From It?

Here is a scenario that many parents have experienced: You call your teenager on their cell phone and get no answer. You then text them and get an instant reply.

And they get both messages on the same device!

Why, you say, could they not respond to the phone call when they just proved by responding to the text message that they had the phone in their hands all the time?

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