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American teens sent and received average 2,272 texts per month in 4th quarter

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American teens sent and received average 2,272 texts per month in 4th quarter
The average American teenager is using both thumbs to send out a heavy load of text messages. According to the Nielsen company, the typical U.S. teen sent and received an average of 80 messages a day during last year's 4th quarter which is more than double the amount of texting done in the prior year. Psychologists claim that the large number of texts is leading to things like anxiety, falling grades and lack of sleep.

Some Psychologists say texting has both good and bad points. It is a positive tool to keep kids connected with each other and to learn about what is going on with their peers. On the other hand, having to answer a machine that vibrates every few seconds can interrupt periods of peace and quiet, or interrupt the middle of a thought. Health issues are also involved. One 15 year old  started getting painful cramps on her thumbs from constantly pressing on the QWERTY keyboard of her LG phone. She has since switched to an iPhone and while sending messages has been slower with the virtual keyboard, her thumbs are feeling better.

With most teenagers able to sneak text messages during class, huge totals are appearing on monthly bills. 13 year old Reina Hardesty of Lake Forest California accumulated 14,528 messages in one month. After a newspaper story focused on Ms. Hardesty, her monthly total soared to over 24,000 texts. But when her grades started falling, her parents took the phone away. Eventually, the phone was returned with a restriction of 5,000 messages a month.

source: N.Y. Times

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:43

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


some people definitely abuse texting ...almost 15,000 texts is just unnecessary.

posted on 26 May 2009, 15:28

3. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


well it depends...remember, some people use mobile IM which are counted as texts and u can use over 100 of those in just 20 minutes of conversating. the most i have ever done was 13,652(total, sent & received). t-mobile rep's were astonished! but that was the first month i got unlimited texting after 5 months of having NO texting so i guess i was overwhelmed. now I do around 9,500(total, sent and received) a month and all is well. :)

posted on 26 May 2009, 16:33

6. Dood (Posts: 269; Member since: 23 Mar 2009)


That's about how many I send a month. I do about 2,000 a week. Believe me, I was surprised to see it on my bill, so I was super happy I have unlimited.

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:07

7. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


ok well if you take away IM and it's strictly text messaging, 15,000 is ridiculous. i don't understand how someone could text that much or why they would need to.

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:14

9. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


lol yeah i calculated the 13,652 x .25 and it was like $2000.00!

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:17

10. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


yes i agree. my 13,652 was strictly text messaging. well, idk how old u are but us kids do alot of "hey what's up-ing via text and we also reply to messages when there really is no reason too...so i guess that could be why. and unless your a business man or something yea u dont need to text that much. my friend alexxus did 18,346. sad isn't it?

posted on 26 May 2009, 21:04

13. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


Your wrong. You lie.

posted on 29 May 2009, 21:59

23. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


who's wrong? if ur referring to me && my calculations, yes i am wrong. i didnt do the math, i just tried remembering what it was when i DID do the math back in january. the correct amount was $3,413.00

posted on 30 May 2009, 19:32

25. attsucks (Posts: 139; Member since: 24 Mar 2009)


Right I commented towards you.

posted on 10 Jun 2010, 23:39

29. craaze (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Jun 2010)


I finally figured out how to keep my parents from going through my text messages. I downloaded a program from Faketexts.com and it hides the iPhone SMS button and replaces it with a fake one that you can edit. Basically it doesn't show all the girls I am talking to just go to Faketexts.com on your iPhone.

posted on 26 May 2009, 15:17

2. Mr_LaZy (Posts: 21; Member since: 30 Jun 2008)


I used 12000 received and 8000 sent last month =x But that might be because I was using Mobile IM... though I do turn it off when I'm on my PC >

posted on 26 May 2009, 15:31

4. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


I agree about the anxiety part. I text all day in class and I still maintain a 3.9gpa. but i wont be able to do this at the high school I'M going to next year. But honestly I do feel that I may become an anxious person. I get ancy when someone doesnt reply to my text right away. :{

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:08

8. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


do you have verizon?

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:18

11. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


no. i have t-mobile. but i hope to get verizon in january or february when my t-mo contract is up. why do u ask? does verizon have a text-anxiety help line?! lol jk..

posted on 26 May 2009, 22:40

14. vzw fanman (Posts: 1971; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


the reason i ask is because you said you get ancy when someone doesn't reply. idk if tmo has this but when you send a text to a verizon person it shows that they recieved the message. but if the little checkmark (or D on blackberrys) is not there that means they didn't get the text...maybe they had no service, their phone was off or they dropped it in water etc... i wish i had a 3.9 GPA in high school haha.

posted on 29 May 2009, 21:52

19. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


um, im not sure if t-mobile has that feature. i think it doesnt, it ALWAYS says MESSAGE SENT unless i dont have service. but its possible that of all the messages i sent, the other person had signal. but i like that feature, tho people who send messages vzw2vzw who dont know about it probably think there phone is messed up. i love how verizon sends messages super quick, the mail into the mailbox animation plays twice and then its sent. on my motorola zine, it takes about 6 seconds from the time i press send to say MESSAGE SENT. it could just be GSM technology, the phone, or t-mobile. and yea im not in high school. im an eighth grader. im going to a high school with a "rigorous" curriculum so it may drop hehe :)

posted on 26 May 2009, 15:34

5. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


the most ive done was 8000 sent and recieved a month when i had an enV2. Now that im on an alias i do about 4000-5000 a month

posted on 26 May 2009, 18:19

12. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


do you have trouble with the alias's small buttons??

posted on 27 May 2009, 05:13

15. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


yeah and the software is buggy. It power cycled at least 4 times this weekend alone. It got to the point where i actually hate texting people.

posted on 30 May 2009, 20:28

26. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


what's power-cycling? ...turning off and back on for no reason?

posted on 07 Jun 2009, 14:07

28. LGVX1993 (Posts: 260; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


yeah exactly

posted on 27 May 2009, 13:20

16. chupum (Posts: 115; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


I graduated high school in the year 2000. Cell phones were VERY much an adult device and us kids couldn't get one unless our parents were super rich. Before then, beepers were used to contact each other. But nearly a decade later, children of virtually all ages use cell phones! To me, that's just amazing! I hope to be a dad myself in a few more years, and to be honest, I would probably go insane if my son/daughter's bill showed 10,000 texts; let alone over 500 texts! With class running from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM and then after school activities, which typically run to about 6 PM, where do the kids find the time to text that much!? =) Socially, I can understand that on the weekends, you might use texting to coordinate activities, but it honestly seems like, with the sheer amount of texting, people sit in the same room and text each other! =)

posted on 29 May 2009, 21:53

20. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


I agree. but aren't u a little young for children!? i dont want kids till my mid-thirties!!!

posted on 28 May 2009, 10:50

17. TheCellDepotVZW (Posts: 26; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


For anyone who still gets a HUGE bill for Text messages is an Idiot!!! Its Called UNLIMITED Messaging!!! $15-$30 a month is a whole lot better than $100 - $1500 in overage charges due to Messaging...

posted on 29 May 2009, 21:55

21. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


my messaging charge with out unlimted would have been: $3,413.00. thank God for UNLIMITED which saved me, $3,398.00!!!

posted on 29 May 2009, 02:17

18. Whitecarnage (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Mar 2009)


Oh.. This definitely isn't a news anymore especially when someone from the Philippines (like me) reads this article. In the Philippines (the texting capital of the world), the entire nation send over 1 billion text messages in a day alone. Yes that isn't an exaggeration. A mind-boggling 1 BILLION TEXT MESSAGES PER DAY are being sent by Filipinos all thanks to Sun Cellular which pioneered the unlimited texting and unlimited calling services at a very low price. Nowadays here in the Philippines, three out of four mobile operators (Smart Communications, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular) are now offering unlimited text messaging services. The only exception here is Red Mobile which, by the way, is based on the UMTS network infrastructure of CURE.

posted on 29 May 2009, 21:56

22. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


wow thatsss.....MIND-BOGGLING! :)

posted on 30 May 2009, 06:41

24. Whitecarnage (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Mar 2009)


Yes it really is. Filipino teens just can't afford not to text their buddies during daybreak when their friends wake up and at night time when their friends go to bed. Anyway, based on some reliable sources that I have read recently, Philippines and India are now in a cut-throat competition for the title of "The texting capital of the world". Let's just see who shall prevail. Lol..

posted on 30 May 2009, 20:29

27. volvo (Posts: 38; Member since: 26 May 2009)


hehe OKAY! keep me updated.

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