Friday, May 26, 2006

Crazy Teenagers and their High-Pitched Ringtones

Teens Turn 'Repeller' into Adult-Proof Ringtone
All Things Considered, May 26, 2006 - The war between teens and authority figures has a new -- or old -- front: ears. British shopkeepers tired of teenage loiterers have turned to the Mosquito teen repellent, which emits a high-pitch frequency that most teenagers can hear -- but not most adults.

But now teens have struck back against the Mosquito: They are using the same sound to communicate without adults' knowledge.

At issue is a text-message ringtone that emits the same pitch as the Mosquito. Using it, students can learn about a new message while they're in class -- where they're not supposed to be using their cellphones. Most of their teachers can't hear the alert.

Inventor Howard Stapleton, creator of the Mosquito teen repellent, says only a few people over age 30 can hear the Mosquito's sound, which has been dubbed "Teen Buzz."

You can hear the annoying teen buzz at the story's website. You can learn more about the "Mosquito teen repellent" by searching on Google for that phrase.

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