Average teenager sends over 3,300 texts every month

By Emil ยท 27 replies
Oct 15, 2010
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  1. A new Nielsen study tracked data usage from the monthly cell phone bills of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers from April 2010 to June 2010. The findings are off the charts: teenagers are sending more texts than ever, averaging 3,339 per month (or six texts every hour he or she is awake).

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  2. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 257   +105

    This is somewhat surprising. I knew kids texted quite a bit, but for 3300 to be an average is insane.

    I am between 25-34 and I would put myself in probably the 45-54 range for texting, however I do use it to talk a lot on it and naturally since I am male, I do tend to regard my phone as a gadget. I just really hate texting though because normally if I am speaking to someone I need to be specific and I just cannot accomplish that through text.

    I am sure most of those texts involve plenty of loling and rofling however... still it is somewhat alarming parents would even let their kids text that much, I would cut them off instantly, maybe give them some slack if they were a 4.0 student.
  3. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,851   +1,051

    It is crazy. What's even more weird is that phone calls are unlimited and free (based on your monthly rate), whereas texting costs additional money either via a texting package or per-text fee. So instead of calling up someone and taking 15 seconds to say what you have to say, teens prefer taking the 3-4 minutes to text the same thing AND pay extra for it.

    Not a bright bunch....
  4. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 153

    You can get unlimited texting.
  5. kakarot27

    kakarot27 TS Member Posts: 80

  6. I agree that is rubbish, 3,339 messages a month... you'd have blisters on your fingers.

    I work in IT, but still manage to do with some 10 SMS a month.
  7. tengeta

    tengeta TS Enthusiast Posts: 610

    Wow, I don't come anywhere close to that.
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,851   +1,051

    "You can get unlimited texting."

    Yes, on top of your regular monthly phone fee.
  9. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    Down the block from my house the local police set up with 12 officers distributed around the intersection. They called it a saturation. I wandered down the block to ask them what was going on and he told me that they were a unit of cops from 6 counties that were getting federal funds to do these "saturation's". in the ten minutes i was talking to one of the cops, they pulled over 3 girls/women for 'texting while driving'. Last year my wife was plowed into at 75 mph by a women who was texting, and damn near killed her.
    anyone understand why it is that if you are going to invest the time to text 3,300 a month, why you don't just dial the damn number and actually talk to them?
  10. When you say "rubbish", do you mean you don't believe the stats? The article says this equates to 6 texts for every hour they are awake. How would this put blisters on your fingers? My coworkers and I are at our computers typing for 5+ hours straight each day (data entry) and we don't seem to have any problems. I even type for an additional few hours once I get home (surfing, journal, etc.). Sorry, I just don't see how this is unbelievable.
  11. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    LOL, I only send text messages twice or maybe four times a month.
  12. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 307

    Yeah just wait till all those teens become drivers.. We are in for some trouble. The need to make standard some type of speech to text service in all phones. My son is 12 and he just text's away. I think I'm going to take his phone away. They are all so addicted to it. Always his friends do the same thing. I wanted him to have one so I could reach him but I'm debating if it's even worth it. I wish I could lock it down to just my number
  13. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    Well here all minutes are limited but plans come with unlimited text.
  14. I think this is hilarious! We all know it's not "teenagers", it's teenage girls.
  15. Lol only 75mb of data? I use well over 2 gigs every month.
  16. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    My sister (just turned 16) has averaged 3000+ txt messages a month for the last 6 months of her contract. Last month she sent almost 4000 and actually got a letter from her provider warning her she was unfairly abusing their "subject to fair use" policies on her unlimited txt allowance.

    Its quite possible.

    I was away for 6 days this week, and sent 196 messages to my wife in that time. If you do regularly txt it can be surprising how quickly they do add up. Even the minutes add up, I regualrly exceed 700 minutes talktime a month on my contract phone.
  17. This isn't implausible; a lot of people use SMS the same way as one would use an instant message service like Windows Live Messenger.
  18. Lets hope they cut back a bit after getting their drivers licences or things may get ugly...
  19. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +96


    I consider myself weird in this respect, I 'prefer' to call instead of text, the upside (not for the carrier) of it is, I text 4-5 times* a year that is about it, downside well ...... they make more money out of me :(

    * i.e. when the person I am trying to call is unreachable.
  20. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 569   +25

    Haha its not quite rubbish, i have 46,865 texts and have only had my phone for a year :)
  21. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,887   +626

    I don't see why you'd 'brag' about it. Someone up top put it simply to them being stupid.

    I get so many rubbish texts from friends. "lol", "ok", "bye", etc. This along with writing single-word/sentence txts adds up to the ridiculous number.

    Add to this the mp3 player phenomenon, and facebook groups like "I'll pretend to do something on my phone to avoid talking to strangers", and it's obvious that there is an underlying social problem.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,644   +3,105

    Isn't That Special......

    I don't know who the "lucky" recipient is, I just thank God, you're not inflicting it. on me
  23. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

  24. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TS Guru Posts: 555   +9

    I am 17, I send on average 5 texts a month. I used to have unlimited texts and used less than 10, I only had it for PS3 and internets :p

    I expected text usage to fall as more use mobile internet/ facebook/ skype ETC to communicate.
  25. Given that the US is so far behind Europe on GSM technology its amazing the teenagers have caught up, in Ireland that figure is a normal everyday occurance. Welcome to the modern world.

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