Third of phone owning U.S. teens send 100 texts a day

Reuters is reporting one third of U.S. teenagers with mobile phones will send over 100 texts each day. This means texting has become the most popular form of communication for young people as discovered in a study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.

The study has found that since 2008 texting among American teens is used more than mobile phone calls, instant messaging, social networking and even talking face-to-face. Three quarters of teens aged between 12 and 17 now own mobile phones with girls on average sending or receiving 80 texts per day in contrast with boys who send or receive 30 per day. 

Unlimited texting plans are believed to have helped boost the number of texts sent by teens. The study also pointed out that texting can be done without the knowledge of teachers and parents and that unlike computers the ability to text can be done almost anywhere. 

Pew researcher Amanda Lenhart said texting had sky-rocketed in the last 18 months. "We've kind of hit a tipping point where now teens expect other teens to respond to text messaging ... There is definitely an element of text messaging that fits so seamlessly into their lives." 

The study's author Scott Campbell said the study also revealed texting habits. Whilst boys tended to not use punctuation, girls found them essential. "If a girl puts a period at the end of a text message (to another girl) then it comes across as she's mad." Campbell also said this explained girls' frequent use of smiley emoticons. 

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So this must be now no 1 reason why kids don't pay attention in class or do homework anymore?
It that's true, it *is* way better than doing drugs, joining gangs, and underage drinking.
But it's not good for their future, you can't forfeit your education just for the sake of texting.
Stay in class, get a degree, pick up a (e-)book, you'll thank yourself later.
Or [if you're a parent] do this:
http://www.slate.com/id/2248766/pagenum/all/
which may or may not work [bribe does *not*, but rewarding does]:
http://www.webmd.com/parenting...bing-kids-for-good-behavior

Wow, I was in high school 5 years ago, and if a teacher even saw a hint of you having a cell phone, they find a way to take it. Where are these kids finding time to text? Guess the schools don't care now.

While I used to have very high numbers when it came to texting in the past, now a days the majority of my friends and all of my co-workers are on blackberry messenger. I send and receive at least 500 pins a day.

The state of our society is on a slippery slope when texts and tweets become our preferred mechanism of communication. People aren't going to be capable of face-to-face human interaction soon. And what substance is in these micro-messages? Next to none.

We should be embarassed but instead we celebrate. Next we'll wear hats on our feet and hamburgers will eat people. And we'll celebrate that too.

Example of two teenagers texting each other...

Teenager 1 "Hi"
Teenager 2 "Hi"
Teenager 1 "Allright"
Teenager 2 "Allright"
Teenager 1 "What u up 2"
Teenager 2 "What u up 2"
Teenager 1 "Texting u"
Teenager 2 "Wow uncanny, that wot im doin"
Teenager 1 "Let`s see what teenager 3 is doing"
etc, etc, etc....

Riggers said,
Teenager 1 "Let`s see what teenager 3 is doing"
Ironically, this is the point SMS messaging basically falls flat on its face. Social... to a point.

Edited by Kirkburn, Apr 20 2010, 2:08pm :

AuDioFreaK39 said,
"...and that unlike computers the ability to text can be done almost anywhere."

This makes no sense.

I think the implication is only mobiles are fully portable, and there isn't the market penetration of smartphones for IM style clients to be used instead.

I was in a Denny's Saturday morning, these 4 girls (couldn't have been more than 12-13 years old)
were hunched over texting the entire time I was there. LOL, probably texting each other!

I used to send about 10-20 a month on pay as you go but now I send on average around 5 a day since I've got an unlimited contract? Just use IM for mass-chatter!

Last month i sent 7589 which equates to 252 a day?
Most of mine go into multiple messages though so I dont see the big deal - my poor iPhone screen gets some hammer though haha!

Jordan Wharmsby said,
Last month i sent 7589 which equates to 252 a day?
Most of mine go into multiple messages though so I dont see the big deal - my poor iPhone screen gets some hammer though haha!

I probably sent 200 in the last 2 years :\

After looking at my family's mobile account I observed that my teen sister sent over 3500 text messages so far for the month of April and received over 3600.

O_O

I guess I'm part of the .05% or so that doesn't text at all and still prefers to talk to people face to face and on the phone.

Long live the power of the voice!

Tanshin said,
I guess I'm part of the .05% or so that doesn't text at all and still prefers to talk to people face to face and on the phone.

Long live the power of the voice!

+1

By the time they reach 30 their fingers and thumbs will be all stumpy and worn. Whenever i drive past someone walking along with their head down texting i pray that they`ll walk into a lampost (is that bad?)

Spirit Dave said,
This is utter crap. I don't believe it for a second. 100 texts a day? No way.

I do, some of my mates easily send more than 100 txts a day.

How about you use the phone to call someone.

Im 32 and I don't want to sound all "get off my damn lawn!" but Jesus. TALK to people.

I would get seriously annoyed if my friends sent me 100 text messages a day and expected responses back each time. Seriously, pick up the phone if you want to have a conversation.

I dislike talking on phones, so I tend to text when I need to get information to someone. However, there's no way that I send 100 messages a day. That said, the article says that the guys in America send about 30 a day, which seems to be on a par with my usage during a heavy day.
Was there a point to this study, other than statistics? Have they decided that this is a good thing, a bad thing, or just a thing?

ZenPirate said,
100 per day? Ha! My 14 year old does 12k per month!!
I'm not sure that's something to be proud of.

There was a time when getting hundreds of SMS per day was normal, now for me is different story. Now I prefer everything that is real. I am IT guy spending most of time in IT and I still think, that without mobile phone, laptops and other stuff I would feel much better, no matter how good I feel with what I am doing.

I know some people just living facebook life, not the real one. I just can't get it. It's like being connected to some API (SMS, Facebook, etc.) is more important real life. Connectivity defines the man in these days.

Just my several thoughts about what's happening.

david13lt said,
Connectivity defines the man in these days.

Hmm maybe this is why I feel like an alien. Still no pathetic though

Edited by Nicholas P., Apr 20 2010, 12:18pm :

I agree 100% David. I think it's sad to see society thrive on texts and tweets. Face to face interactions are dying and people couldn't be happier.

Stonos said,
Wow, I don't even send & receive 100 text messages a year, let alone send 100 messages a day (and I'm 17)!

Get some friends. I'm 24 years old and I send text to friends more than talk on the phone.

david said,

Get some friends. I'm 24 years old and I send text to friends more than talk on the phone.

I though its says be nice when commenting? And what you just said is really not cool.

Sebianoti said,

I though its says be nice when commenting? And what you just said is really not cool.

It was also quite sad. For his own self.

"I send text to friends more than talk on the phone."

...Really?

jordan. said,

It was also quite sad. For his own self.
"I send text to friends more than talk on the phone."
...Really?

Don't most people these days?
Also most contracts(UK) now come with limted minutes, but unlimted texts.

Edited by acnpt, Apr 20 2010, 12:15pm :

Stonos said,
Wow, I don't even send & receive 100 text messages a year, let alone send 100 messages a day (and I'm 17)!

I don't send 100 in one day but I bet I am pretty close, 70-80. I work in tech support, which means I am on the phone all day. Texting is the best way to communicate during and after work hours. I definitely do not want to speak on the phone after I get home. I am not where near the 12-17, more like 31.