Text Happy Teens Prefer Texting over Talking

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News Posted: Tue, Apr 20 2010 11:16 AM
This won't come as much of a revelation, but teens love to text. A lot. So much so, in fact, that texting is fast becoming the preferred method of communication, suggests a new study by Pew Internet. According to the study, American teens between the ages of 12 and 17 are more apt to text message their friends than they are to call, email, send an IM, talk on the phone, or chat through a social networking site.

Hang out at a local high school (actually, don't do that, it's kind of creepy) and you'll discover that some 75 percent of teens now carry a cell phone. That's up from 45 percent in 2004, and the vast majority of those cell phone toting teens are whipping text messages back and forth. Some other statistics to wrap your head around:
  • Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month
  • 15 percent of teens who are texters send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 texts a month
  • Boys typically send and receive 30 texts a day; girls typically send and receive 80 messages per day
What's also interesting is that even though teens have turned into text messaging junkies, that all goes out the window when conversing with parents, where voice still reigns supreme. Looks like rapper-turned-actor Will Smith was right after all.

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There's a ton more data covering everything from texting while driving, to who foots the bill. Comb over it here, and post your thoughts below.
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Inspector replied on Tue, Apr 20 2010 12:32 PM

Hang out at a local high school (actually, don't do that, it's kind of creepy)

More like it will get you arrested... LOL

i IM more then i text message mainly because most are on aim and i know they are on or offline so i can get a reply :D

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la_guy_10 replied on Tue, Apr 20 2010 3:44 PM

I am not into texting at all I had it on my phone for a few months but got rid of it. What I find surprising is that females would rather text than talk face to face on the first few dates I guess to fill a guy out! I assume it's an ice breaker to them, I am more straight up face to face. This took some getting used to when I was on the dating scene, I still do not understand it, but again I am male, we think different. I guess it goes back to the hunter and the hunted men really don't need to fill a female we like what we see we go get it!!!!!!! @ least I do!!!! Texting and Facebook this is what it has come too.

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for us older folks the number of text messages sent is directly linked to how sloshed you are...  ha!

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I cant believe sometimes how fast kids are at texting!

I don't know what DerMeister means buy use Old folks, but when I was a kid we had to plan with each other to be by a landline phone at home at a certain time if we wanted to talk or make plans. if we wanted to pass notes then it was like the post office, you either deliver it on paper yourself or have someone else do it and hope it gets there in a timely manner.

Usually I found that if women use texting instead of actually being able to look you in the face and talk then they are not worth the time. That is the only way you can actually get a feel for someone.

Of course La_uy_10, If you are going to respond when a girl uses texting ""on the first few dates I guess to fill a guy out! "" You might want to proofread. Because she might be thinking that is all you want, Is to Fill her out! :P

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Freaking younger women... texting me over 2000 times in a month... running my up nearly $150 in overages... freaking had to get unlimited texting... ARG!

What is up with this anyway? My x-wife (5 years younger than me) texted me like crazy. I swear, my phone bill when I got it the first month nearly made me freak out. At least I kept to a plan with unlimited texting since then.

My new girl (23, I'm robbing the cradle man) is the same way. She doesn't like talking on the phone, she wants to text text text text. I try calling her cuz I'm driving and she picks up to say "hey, just text me". She'll talk face to face perfectly fine but just hates talking on the phone.

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Hannah replied on Fri, May 7 2010 9:35 AM

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I am also interested in why texting has become a replacement to other communication forms. I decided to survey my fellow peers at a smaller Wisconsin college about texting and how it has become a social norm. I hypothesized that most students would say that texting had positively impacted their interpersonal communication and perhaps even strengthen it. (Which I very much disagree with). I mean, they do look like they are enjoying themselves while they text. Twenty-three out of 24 students that took the survey said that texting has negatively affected OTHERS’ interpersonal communication skills. Six out of 24 students said that texting was negatively affecting their own interpersonal communication skills. My hypothesis was partially proved, because the majority said texting was no barrier to their communication skills, but made other’s suffer. I thought it was very interesting that almost everyone surveyed between ages 18 and 28, all pointed the finger and said texting was a problem to everyone but themselves.

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