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Teen texting hits new heights (infographic)

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Teen texting hits new heights (infographic)
Teen texting hits new heights (infographic)
We reported late last year on a Nielsen study that found teenagers were averaging 3,417 text messages a month, more than any other group. It turns out that female teens are pumping out almost 4,000 texts a month, while their male counterparts apparently “only” find out 2,815 texts a month. How is the average parent or interested reader to keep track of all these numbers? An infographic of course!

As luck would have it, OnlineSchools.com has provided just such a resource, and it lets you check out the above information and a whole lot more in a friendlier manner. For example, while 3,417 texts a month sure sounds like a lot, it turns out that breaks down to about 7 texts per waking hour. That doesn’t seem quite as crazy, since a back-and-forth sequence of texts can rack up several times that number over the course of ten minutes.

And there’s a positive aspect to that texting increase – teens are spending less time talking on the phone, as teens used an average of 572 minutes of talk time a month in 2011, down from 685 minutes per month in 2010. So perhaps there will be fewer times when your teenager won’t stop talking on the phone at dinner time.

For all this and more, spend some time perusing the Generation Text infographic to the right. Any resemblance between the infographic and a particular model of smartphone is surely a complete coincidence…

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posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:37 20

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


Male teens use more mobile data, we all know why

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:53 1

3. metoyou (Posts: 277; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


you means gaming ?:)
This isnt news, it's typical female vs male, female yap and yap and yap! and male tend to do whatever they are doing quietly hahaha

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:54

4. Arpad (Posts: 39; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


Good one! :)

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 09:51

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Cool graphic, sad stats.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 10:48 4

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


He mean Porn

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 20:59 2

14. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Captain Obvious everybody!

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:09

6. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


im a 15 yr old male n i sent 15000 texts xD ha beat that! no but im being serious n ive used 2.5gb in 5 days

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:14

7. gregoryyy3 (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Nov 2010)


And you're proud of that? I'm a 17 yr old male and I use about 2600 and about 3gb a month hah I'm a teen and I actually prefer talking on the phone

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:21 3

8. kshell1 (Posts: 1141; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i don't really care, my girlfriend and my other friends do not have calling minutes because due to the economy they only have the money for prepaid unlimited texting. plus if i want to call someone i have skype for that

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:27 1

9. theindianguy (Posts: 90; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


lol i am 16 and i can barely reach 100 texts a month. I think it's cuz i am too stingy to buy a message pack (thats what we call it here) so i don't text alot. Although i do consume s**t load of mobile data :P

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 11:55 5

10. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


teens should not even have smartphones.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 16:10 3

13. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Banning smartphones for Jesus? Go cry about not making it to the Super Bowl asshat

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 13:21 4

11. donhwan (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


@Tim Tebow... Not sure if you have kid(s) - teenagers, but if you have one, you should buy them a smartphone & teach them about responsibility (it's good parenting). When I grewup, my parent's thought that teens shouldn't own personal computers. :-/ I felt I was living in the stoneages growing up and grew to resent them & thier opinions. Me, I struggled through highschool, stayed late after school to use the school computer. (Sure, I played video games, I chatted & actually got some work done too.) Till this day, my parent's can't live without one.

fact: Smartphones are the new personal computers.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 23:51

15. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


smartphones are the new pc's, minus all of the educational value and utility. i love smartphones, but i know for sure that my brothers and sisters arent doing anything productive on them. to kids they are just a media device that can text and make calls.

posted on 15 Feb 2012, 15:33 2

12. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


Some times I wondered why people on the comments board are always fighting like teens. now I know why.... We actually have many teens here. now thats a relief :)

posted on 16 Feb 2012, 16:26

16. ErikWood (Posts: 4; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


This story reminds me of a mother of a teen who wrote us to let us know that her teen was finally sleeping after using OTTER which is a texting auto reply app that teens (and adults) can use to focus on a lecture or take a nap without feeling disconnected from their social networks. After my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting driver, I invented this smartphone app to manage texting whether the user is at home, in the office or on the road.

OTTER has GPS based texting auto reply safety features for the highway but it also has a highly rated and intuitive texting auto reply that offers a timer and unlimited, grouped, customizable responses. Its simple and easy to schedule "texting blackout periods" so you can focus on the task at hand - and maybe get a good night's sleep. In OTTER's case, instead of being the distraction - technology can help us get back to doing one thing at a time with quality results.

Erik Wood, owner
OTTER LLC
OTTER app

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