Study: Teens Pick Texting Over Talking

It took a study to learn this?  Just about any parent could have told you that.  Still, it’s an eye-opener.  The study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project found that teen texting tops phone calls, instant messaging, social networks and even talking face-to-face.  Here are the findings:

  • 54% text messaging
  • 38% call on cell phone
  • 33% talk face-to-face
  • 30% talk on landline phone
  • 25% social network site
  • 24% instant messaging
  • 11% email

I’m always amazed how quickly my teenagers can peck out a text message.  They have plenty of practice.  The Pew study  found that a third of U.S. teenagers with cell phones send more than 100 texts a day.

Girls text a lot more than boys do:

  • Girls send or receive 80 texts a day.
  • Boys 30 a day.

Pew researcher Amanda Lenhart says, “Texting is now the central hub of communication in the lives of teens today, and it has really skyrocketed in the last 18 months.” Note to parents:  Choose the unlimited texting plan on your child’s cell phone payment plan.  You’ll regret it, if you don’t.

How many parents have teenagers who text late into the night?  Don’t think it happens?  Check your bill’s detailed statement. That’s always a shocker.  It’s probably much easier to peek in on your sleeping teen (just wait until late morning, he’ll still be asleep).  Text messaging has become so much a part of their lives that a recent iPhone survey found that 75% sleep with their phone.  It’s a whole new world isn’t it?

Pew study

“iPhone Addiction”

One Comment on “Study: Teens Pick Texting Over Talking

  1. Hi Mark,
    I couldn’t be happier than to see a decline in cell phone use for calling and the switch to texting. The sound of people talking on cell phones inside public spaces is so unwelcome.
    It’s been proven for at least twenty years by independent research and Universities that cell phones do give users brain cancer. The younger the person the more their soft tissues are susceptible to it. The more and longer the cell is used the more prone the user is to developing cancer.
    Cell phones are a way to call for help in an emergency, provide necessary info on time-sensitive contracts of purchase and sale, and let Mom know how you’re doing if you’ll be late…
    Thanks for the update Mark! Your reports keep me connected to what’s happening out there.

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