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Texting On the Rise In the US

timothy posted more than 3 years ago | from the only-a-decade-behind dept.

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frontwave links to this stat-laden overview of trends in text-messaging among Americans, citing a few of its findings: "The average teen (even including teens without cell phones) sends and receives five times more text messages a day than a typical adult. A teen typically sends or receives 50 text messages a day, while the average adult sends or receives 10. Fully 31% of teens send more than 100 texts a day and 15% send more than 200 a day, while just 8% and 5% of adults send that many, respectively."

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468 comments

Wow an adult recieving an average 10 etxts a day (2, Interesting)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633376)

I receive 10 a month.

Europe (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633378)

And back in the Europe this was (became?) trend like 10 years ago.

Of course when you grow up it becomes less and less important and you use other mediums of communication, like actually talking with people instead of taking 5 minutes to reply.

Poor teenagers (1)

DrMrLordX (559371) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633390)

Honestly, I hope they find some better way for teens (or anyone, really) to send small bits of text to others with mobile devices in the near future. Text messaging with tiny numberpads/keyboards is a royal pain in the ass. I know that people like the portability of smart phones and the like, but at the same time, I really do feel privileged to have stuck by my desktop for as long as I have given the comparative robustness of communications options it has offered over the years.

I'm thinking we need some kind of stripped-down EEG device for mobile phones, because it's obvious that increasing the size of the interface/keypad isn't going to work out terribly well (unless they use something like a virtual keyboard that projects onto common surfaces and uses a scanner/camera to record keystrokes).

Honest question (2, Interesting)

Paolo DF (849424) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633394)

I always wondered why the Americans adopted SMS sooooo later than European

orly ? (1)

captain_dope_pants (842414) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633396)

id hv thort it waz hi'er tbh m8 seamz bit lo 2 me

Welcome to the 21st Century America! (4, Funny)

Nick Fel (1320709) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633398)

We're glad you could join us in blindly walking into lamp posts while stumbling and texting down the street.

Congratulations USA (0, Troll)

Whatshisface (1203604) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633400)

Congratulations USA ..... Welcome to 2002! Oh, and ....First?

I wonder... (2, Insightful)

sardaukar_siet (559610) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633402)

... the impact this has on their verbal language skills.

Progress (1)

Lotana (842533) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633406)

First there was the carrying of messages.
Then came the telegraph with the morse code.
Then finally came speech over the wire and radio wave.

And now we are back to text?

I guess this is my age showing, but what is the advantage of sending text when I can just make a call?

The average adult sends or receives 10 texts a day (0, Troll)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633408)

The average adult sends or receives 10 texts a day

Wow. I sends or receive 10 texts a month!

This is news? (3, Insightful)

HungryHobo (1314109) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633416)

really? this is news?
I live in europe and I and most of the people I knew texted like that.
Teenagers like to talk, gossipe and plan meeting up.
It's what they do.

How long until... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633418)

People with unlimited texting become throttled for "being an above average strain on the network" or some other bullshit like that?

averaging.... (0, Redundant)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633422)

"The average teen (even including teens without cell phones)..." is that really what they should be measuring? i'd think stats regarding the average teen with a cellphone would mean a lot more...

averaging... (0, Redundant)

martas (1439879) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633428)

"The average teen (even including teens without cell phones)..." is that really what they should be measuring? i'd think statistics about the average teen with a cell phone would mean a lot more.

well, well (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633430)

In 1992, I was the first teen at school to carry a palmtop around in all my lessons (geek!), a Psion Series 3a.

In 1995, I joined the ham radio club at school.

In 1998, I first browsed the 'net using a mobile from a tethered computer in McDonalds in London.

In 1999, I bought the Motorola Timeport, the first triband WAP 'phone.

I've gone through Palm PDAs, Librettos, iPaqs, etc. (Never a Newton, though.)

Anyway I guess my point is that I've had fun with some early-ish little boxes.

Today I send on average about 0.1 texts per day, and hate them. Seriously, 50 a day, what the fuck? Am I alone in feeling this?

The difference... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633434)

...is that adults are texting during driving a car, that's more difficult.

The Actual Report (4, Informative)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633436)

The report from which the numbers are derived can be found here [pewresearch.org]

It's worth having a read of, there's some rather fascinating demographic info in there that could really make for an interesting chat. Oh, and the report shows that 24% of teens send under 10 messages a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, generally the same across racial and economic groupings.

Surprise Surprise! (3, Insightful)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633440)

And this is surprising because...? I don't understand why it amazes anyone that kids text more than adults. Even without taking into account that kids embrace technology more than (some) adults, we have many reasons for the "findings" of the study:
1) Kids have more spare time.
2) Kids spend their time communicating with their friends.
3) In classes, texting is the only possible way to communicate with others without the teacher catching on to you (electively replacing the secret notes of our generation)
Probably many more reasons, but I don't feel like trying too hard thinking about them. I'll SMS you when I figured out some more.

sht (1)

Adolf Hitroll (562418) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633442)

I gs mr n mr idts wl wrt lk ths.

Original (1)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633444)

The original report can be found here [pewresearch.org] .
Have a quick read over the original Pew study if you can, there's some decent info in there that could support a really interesting chat. Oh, and 24% of teens are sending under 10 messages a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups.

First Text! (1)

shoemilk (1008173) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633448)

I'm sure if you looked into the number of minutes each group talks on the phone, you would find the breakdown in reverse. I find nothing surprising in this article.

lol (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633450)

fst pst

Surprise Surprise! (0, Redundant)

Kilrah_il (1692978) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633452)

And this is a surprise because...? Even without taking into account the fact that many children embrace technology much more than many adults, we can find many reasons for the "findings" of the study:
1) Children have more spare time.
2) Children spend much of their time communicating with their friends, and texting is an effective way to accomplish that.
3) Texting is probably the only safe way to communicate during classes, apart for the old time method of passing a note.
Probably many more reasons, but I'm too tired to think about them.

So how long (1)

chappel (1069900) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633462)

until all those teens realize the cellular carriers are royally screwing them on texting plans, and rise up to do something about it?

Attention overload! (4, Insightful)

MavEtJu (241979) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633464)

100 per day... Imagine 14 hours in a day being awake, that is 7 per hour.

I wouldn't have time to do other things anymore!

Goatse (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633466)

Goatse [goatse.fr]

Last post (1)

Smivs (1197859) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633470)

Damn, I don't send any!

The Original (0, Redundant)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633474)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] . There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups.

fst pst (1)

Ol Biscuitbarrel (1859702) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633478)

txtng sur iz weerd comunikatn iz dvlovn

SMS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633480)

...

So much thumb work . . . (1)

Bevilr (1258638) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633482)

How in the hell would you have have time to do anything besides send 200 texts a day?

DEEZ NUTS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633486)

are on the rise to YOUR MOUTH!

LOLZ (1)

zrbyte (1666979) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633490)

I luv slow newz monday.

Wow. (1)

thatkid_2002 (1529917) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633492)

I'm a teenager (19) and I would say that my average is about 2 per day, though I am Australian and not your typical teen (sad, I know.) but I would say that the most I have ever sent in a day would have been about 20.

How kids could *average* 50 per day is beyond me - and wouldn't Facebook be replacing a lot of texting so shouldn't the number be much lower?

Teens without mobile phones? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633494)

even including teens without cell phones

I would be surprised if not including them would have changed the result by more than the error margins.

Ridiculously high (1)

Dilligent (1616247) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633496)

This is ridiculous, no one I know is sending 50 texts a day, just think of the time it takes to type all of those, let them be received and read and finally replied to so the person would send the next text. Even taking into account multiple texts per message (aka >160 characters per message) and the odd occasion where one would send to multiple recipients it just doesn't make any sense.

My guess is these numbers are per week at most.

(even including teens without cell phones) (1, Interesting)

psergiu (67614) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633500)

How can "teens without cell phones" send and receive texts ?

Not dying out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633502)

I really thought paying a fixed amount for 160 characters would die out in favour of proper communication. Email, IM and IRC are still very marginal on phones.

50 texts per day, on average?? (1)

captainpanic (1173915) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633504)

Wow.

Is it me, or is that really a lot?
And 15% send more than 200 text messages per day? Even if that takes 15 seconds per text message (reading or writing, assuming super fast texting, and the mandatory spelling mistakes), then they spend nearly 1 hour per day texting.
And the costs of texting must be quite significant too!

The only remark in TFA was that kids without mobile phones text too. So, do we include twitter then? Chat services?

And all that texting is in addition to the other technologies that the youngsters use (phone (mobile and land line), email, Facebook)?

Is it just me, or do these numbers seem a little too high?

-- My conclusion from this article is that I must be getting old.

10 average for adults? (2, Insightful)

glwtta (532858) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633506)

I take it "adults" here is defined as 18-30? With everyone older going into the "Eww, gross!" category.

There's just no way that all adults average out to 10 messages a day.

I'd hate to be... (4, Funny)

Antony-Kyre (807195) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633512)

that addicted to something.

Then again, I use IRC. But, as long as something isn't controlling your life, no harm I guess.

The Original (1)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633514)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] .

There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups. And the relevent part of the report that the summary seems to have missed

Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users. More markedly, the frequency of teenagers’ texting has also increased rapidly over the year and half leading up to this study. Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.

First Text ! (1)

foolserrend1975 (1692990) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633516)

First Text !

Of course (1)

jplopez (1067608) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633526)

... because their parents pay the bill. When they grow up and have to pay the bills themselves, they'll switch to email, twitter or whatever is available for free.

cant believe it (1)

alobar72 (974422) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633528)

I feel so autistic when I read this ... 50 SMS ? the average ? I think I peak at 20 ... rarely

Report (0, Redundant)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633536)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] .

There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups. And the relevent part [pewinternet.org] of the report that the summary seems to have missed

Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users. More markedly, the frequency of teenagers’ texting has also increased rapidly over the year and half leading up to this study. Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.

first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633538)

first post

meh (1)

bakamorgan (1854434) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633540)

Maybe because adults have jobs while the kids have free time to waste. Then again as I grow older I would rather just call someone then send little txts back and forth.

Impressive, but... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633542)

The study is biased, only looks looks at cell phone owners, still a lot of text per person though.

Power law (1)

zrbyte (1666979) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633544)

"31% of teens send more than 100 texts a day and 15% send more than 200 a day"

If this follows a power law, there must be one poor fellow out there crunching through thousands of texts every day.

zombies (1)

azior (1302509) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633546)

the zombies are here and they are texting

And (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633548)

So what teens do lots of texting, is this news?

in other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633550)

car crashes have gone up (even including people without cars).

Texting without cell phones? (1)

cbope (130292) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633554)

Exactly how are teens *without_cell_phones* sending and receiving texts? Maybe I should go and read TFA... because I'm having a difficult time understanding that without picturing cyborgs or something.

Why use SMS? (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633556)

Why not IM or some other sane method of communication? *headscratch*

Obligatory Matrix Reference (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633558)

"Tell me, Mr. Teenager... what good is a mobile phone.... if you're unable... to.. speak?"

D'Oh!

trends in slashdot comments (1)

b100dian (771163) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633560)

The average adult (even including adults without slashdot) sends and receives five times more slashdot comments a day than a typical teen. An adult typically sends or receives 50 slashdot comments a day, while the average teen sends or receives 10. Fully 31% of adults send more than 100 slashdot comments a day and 15% send more than 200 a day, while just 8% and 5% of teens send that many, respectively.

200 text messages a day?! (1)

Eraesr (1629799) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633572)

That's one message every 7 minutes and 12 seconds. Impressive. How high are those people's phone bills? Or are there unlimited text messaging plans available? And more importantly: how much of these messages actually contain any amount of significant information?

I never used to send SMS (4, Interesting)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633576)

Before I went to Asia, I never sent a text message in my life. When I got back after my first stay, I started sending text messages to friends and such. Many of them had never received one before, and wondered why their phone was making that strange sound. People would just rather call you and say what they want to say instead of taking all the time to write out a text. I agree...to a point.

What's good about texts? Well, they're great when communicating with people who speak English as a second or third language. They have time to think about what they're going to say, and they have time to decipher what you say. Of course, mobile slang is extremely difficult for them. The advantages with native English speakers? You have time to reply at your leisure, and a record is kept of all conversations. If the recipient's phone is off, the network will store the message and deliver it when power is restored or when they pay their bill. Er...that's all I can think of.

Negatives about texts? The laborious nature of texting means that the English language is horribly mangled in order to fit. The only real solution is a keyboard...T9 is a kludge and letter-by-letter texting is just too much work. It condenses thoughts into tiny pieces to fit inside 140 characters. Text messaging is horribly expensive for its cost.

Frankly, I think a lot of people just send texts in order to be able to play with their phones. It's fun when you're stuck on a bus and bored, you can talk to six friends at once. But to get some work done or exchange real information, it's easier just to call. The bandwidth of voice is so much greater than that of text messaging. Heck, I even notice this with instant messaging (something else I never bothered with before Asia), it takes 40 minutes to have a conversation when the same phone call would have taken 5 minutes. People in my office will sit at their desks and send MSN to each other instead of talking. It's weird...a quiet office with no sound but clattering keyboards.

Thank you Captain Obvious. (1)

geekmux (1040042) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633580)

Wow, teenagers text more than adults? Seriously?

Somehow, I would have never guessed that...

.. and spending more (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633584)

We've all heard that line about SMS being the most expensive communications medium ever, so you've got to just take a minute on this one.

Collectively, people are absolute fucking retards who don't mind bending over - if they can use poor english to type messages to people with similarly shiny (read: expensive and/or network-locked) handsets, everything is just peachy.

y wd i want 2 txt? (3, Insightful)

kclittle (625128) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633592)

Why would I actually choose to use some chicklets-keyboard, or way overly-sensitive virtual keyboard, when I can just _call_? I mean, it's a PHONE, gawddamnit!

Signed, Captain Curmudgeon Old Fart

First text (0, Offtopic)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633596)

Seriously, no posts in the last 15 minutes on this topic? I'm doing first post out of sheer boredom here.

Original Report (0, Redundant)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633600)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] .

There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups. And the relevent part [pewinternet.org] of the report that the summary seems to have missed

Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users. More markedly, the frequency of teenagers’ texting has also increased rapidly over the year and half leading up to this study. Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.

Interesting numbers, but... (1)

KazW (1136177) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633602)

I really fail to see the point of this article, it simply shows that as technology becomes more ubiquitous, that it's use increases. It also shows that users introduced to a technology earlier in their lives, are more comfortable utilizing it. Don't get me wrong, the difference in the numbers is interesting, but I fail to see a point to the article beyond the numbers and the two points I mentioned. This isn't really anything new, in my opinion.

Must be a slow news day.

Cars vs public transportation (1)

dargaud (518470) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633604)

I always thought that the low use of SMS in the US was due to the prevalence of cars. In Europe people spend a lot of time sending them while in public transportation. Obviously you can't do that while commuting in your car, but you can still speak on the phone... however the consequences...

Why the adult average is so high (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633606)

I'm 24 Years old, and usually send 9000-1200 text messages a month.

First text! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633608)

Fuck, this is not my phone, doh!

I suddenly feel inadequate (1)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633610)

I only send or receive about 5 text messages a month. If that.

I see the reason why (1)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633620)

In my case, we're not allowed to use our cell phones for 'personal calls' at work. So what I do several times a day is to text. I put my phone in vibrate mode so when I receive a response, I feel the vibration then I simply look at the gadget. That's your reason for the spike in texting.

cacti urine +5 Informative (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633624)

first piss in a cactus drink post!

really? (1)

noob749 (1285846) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633626)

this article has been posted for a while now and still no comments? maybe the admins need to make some sort of sms-to-slashdot-comments-section bridge to lure in the next generation of visitors...

Fst txt (1)

xaxa (988988) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633628)

Had 2 typ lk this 2 gt it.

Yea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633630)

I'm texting my cock up your dead great grandmother's ass!

Fst (1)

hcpxvi (773888) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633632)

Txt

Interesting (1)

Inda (580031) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633634)

Across the pond, in the UK, the trend is the other way. Very few children spend their days texing; they used to, but no more.

For a contract, 600 free minutes is not unheard of, and adding unlimited texts is the norm. When you have 20 minutes of free talk time a day, why bother texting?

When texts were cheaper than voice, everyone texted.

These days, texting is for the olds (who still think it's cheaper).

The sky is still blue (1)

Eightbitgnosis (1571875) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633642)

And water is still wet

Phone Etiquette (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633644)

The problem that's becoming more frequent is the number of people who don't understand when it's not appropriate to have their phones out. My friend, who owns a small local specialty foods shop, has been astounded at the number of college-aged applicants who've pulled out phones and started texting in the middle of an interview.

In fact, the amount of once legendary "Kid pulls out his phone and casually texts during job interview/college admission interview/business negotiation/client meeting" incidents going down as of late has caused the middle-aged leader of the sales team at my company to dub texting "the best thing to ever happen to the job prospects of us old guys".

Wow (1)

miketheanimal (914328) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633646)

The typical teen sends more texts - by a factor of about 10 - per day, than I have ever sent.

Still wouldn't bet on Texting... (1)

Manip (656104) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633650)

Text messages and texting in general is just a stepping stone before always-on internet becomes the norm. Once everyone's phone is online constantly you will see people use AIM, Skype, or similar products instead. Apart from getting an instant reply and richer, longer, content, they're also cheaper. If you're paying for always-on internet anyway (which I'm assuming everyone will be) it will cost you nothing additional to message someone. Frankly the cell phone companies are only speeding up this process by charging, what most would agree, insane prices for text services. Right now 300 texts costs as much as "unlimited" (1 GB/month) internet.

Original (0, Redundant)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633652)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] .

There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups. And the relevent part [pewinternet.org] of the report that the summary seems to have missed

Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users. More markedly, the frequency of teenagers’ texting has also increased rapidly over the year and half leading up to this study. Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.

Hello to America from 1998! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633654)

Hello to America from 1998!

    - Every other civilized country

They haven't hit a ceiling already ? (1)

Joebert (946227) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633662)

Where the hell are they finding time between all of that texting to text even more ?

Wait, what? Aren't we already there? (1)

ridley4 (1535661) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633664)

Is it just me, or weren't the numbers already this hugely skewed? Wait, too. Am I honestly the only one who on a busy day might send/recieve four or five SMS messages toal in one day?
 
No, really. Am I? Also, frist psot!!!

Ten?! (1)

Vegemeister (1259976) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633666)

Ten?! On average, I doubt I send more than one a week. I'm 19. Those people who send 200 must have bluetooth keyboards.

I'm Old. I Have No Use for Texting (1, Interesting)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633676)

Call me or e-mail me. I've got e-mail on my cell phone, it makes a plinky sound, I answer it promptly, and it ultimately ends up on my computer where all the real work is done and tracked. If it's urgent, or you have a question requiring nuanced answers, call me. If you're contemplating texting me that you're going to be late or some other little small annoying news, grow a pair quickly and call me instead. I'd rather a phonecall from an adult than a dodgey text from a weasel.

Maybe I'm missing something, but for anyone with a smartphone, texting seems the third wheel on a bicycle.

frist psot (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33633678)

text messaging is pants

Ten?! (1)

Vegemeister (1259976) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633680)

Ten?! On average I doubt I send more than one per week. I'm 19. Those people who send 200 text messages per day must have bluetooth keyboards.

contracts (1)

tris203 (1768578) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633682)

surely most unlimited/high limit text contracts are encouraging this rise

It's typical (1)

nmoog (701216) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633688)

Most average slashdot summaries (even including summaries that don't include statistics) are less confusing and ambiguous than this summary. But that's only if we are talking about _average_ summaries, not _typical_ summaries.

Does this include mail, facebook, etc? (1)

Thanshin (1188877) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633696)

How extended are the mobiles with internet capability in the states? There should be a point where it's more expensive to send so many messages instead of having internet and using any of the thousands of alternatives.

50 messages a day? (1)

zMaile (1421715) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633702)

Is that taking into account messages over 160 chars that are broken into two or more messages? Just a thought. In australia, i dont know of anyone that sends that many messages a day. The heaviest message-er (18 years old) that i know would only send about 20-30 a day.

lolomg rly? (3, Funny)

metalmaster (1005171) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633704)

IN LATE BREAKING NEWS: Kids with all the time in the world spend it texting their friends! Adults on the other hand, well, they do more productive things; like less texting.

To complete the study.. (1)

zmollusc (763634) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633712)

do a control group of adults who get their cell phone bills paid for by someone else and see how the usage pattern varies from the adult norm.

An exception (1)

ajdlinux (913987) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633714)

I'm a university student, and I send and receive less than 5 a day, on average. (That's including events such as Humans vs Zombies week.) Then again, I'm the sort of nerd who spends his time on Slashdot...

HOLY MOLY that's a lot of texting (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633716)

I thought you USians told me that it hadn't caught on there?

even the average adult daily figures seem high.

Welcome to the year 2000 USA! (3, Informative)

martin (1336) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633718)

For me in the UK I would prob say this happened around the year 2000 if not before. So this prob means litres, kilograms, meters and ISO paper is just around the corner for the USA soon then :-)

Slow news day (1)

tsj5j (1159013) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633724)

Is this new to anyone?

Pew data (0, Redundant)

cappp (1822388) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633726)

The data is taken from a Pew study, the original of which can be found here [pewinternet.org] .

There's some decent info in there, more than enough to support a really interesting chat if anyone cares to dig in. Oh, and 24% of teens text under 10 times a day, girls more than boys, older more than younger, and generally the same across racial and economic groups. And the relevent part [pewinternet.org] of the report that the summary seems to have missed

Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users. More markedly, the frequency of teenagers’ texting has also increased rapidly over the year and half leading up to this study. Between February 2008 and September 2009, daily use of text messaging by teens shot up from 38% in 2008 to 54% of all teens saying they text every day in 2009.

NO WRONG (1)

definate (876684) | more than 3 years ago | (#33633728)

This does not imply a trend, since these groups are entirely different.

If the same group does it over time, then we see a trend. Compare random samples of adults over time and then you get a trend. You do not get a trend when you compare teenagers to adults.

Move along, there is absolutely nothing to see here.

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