Thursday, September 2, 2010

Average teen texts 50 times a day

If you're the parent of a teenager with a cellphone, this won't come as news to you, but a new study just out says youngsters ages 12-17 send and receive five times as many texts per day as adults. According to the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, teens send and receive about 50 texts per day, compared to about 10 a day for adults.

Also in the report:

  • Texting by adults has increased over the past nine months from 65 percent of adults sending and receiving texts to 72 percent.
  • Five percent of all adult texters send more than 200 text messages per day, or more than 6,000 a month. By comparison, 15 percent of teens use texts more than 200 times a day.
  • The average adult cell phone owner makes and receives about five voice calls per day.
  • Some 65 percent of adults with cellphones say they have slept with the phone on or right next to their bed.
How does your (or your teen's) cellphone usage compare to the averages here? And if you fall into the 200-plus club, what in the world are you texting about so frequently??


Anonymous said...

I'm an adult and love texting. It prevents that phone call that you dread when you have only one or two things to tell someone. I know we all survived in the past without these things but it's the 21st century and this is what it's about now.