(CBC) — Young adults who send text messages more than 100 times a day tend to be more interested in wealth and image than leading an ethical life, researchers in Winnipeg have found.

A study from the University of Winnipeg suggests that students who text that much are 30 per cent less likely to feel strongly that leading an “ethical, principled life” was important to them, compared to those who text 50 times or less a day.

Heavy texters also showed higher levels of ethnic prejudice, according to psychology professors Paul Trapnell and Lisa Sinclair, who recently presented their findings at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology conference in New Orleans.

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