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Teens now averaging over 3,000 text messages a month

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Teens now averaging over 3,000 text messages a month
When you’re out and about, you’ve probably noticed more and more teens have their noses buried in a phone. The latest report from Nielsen shows teens are significantly increasing their monthly data usage – more so then any other age group.

When looking year over year at Q3 from 2010 to Q3, 2011, teens have increased their monthly data usage from 90 MB to 321 MB - that is an increase of 256%! While they still do not consume the most data in terms of megabytes, that title goes to 35-34 year olds with 578 MB, the increase we’ve seen in the last year may eventually push teen data usage as high or above older groups.

Teens now averaging over 3,000 text messages a month


When it comes to what teens are doing on their phones, messaging is king. Teens aged 13-17 exchange an average of 3,417 messages each. That breaks down to an average of seven messages for every hour they are awake. According to the data, the amount of text messages exchanged every month declines with age. Also, as the amount of messaging increases, the use of voice calls steadily declines. When asked why teens prefer messaging to calling the responses were:

  • 22% - Faster
  • 21% - Easier
  • 18% - More Fun

If anything, parents who are getting their teen their first phone should definitely be considering an unlimited messaging plan.

Teens now averaging over 3,000 text messages a month


source: Nielsen via ReadWriteWeb

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posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:13 1

1. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


i feel old, im 24 and send about 400 text a month lol that the avg of a 45-54 year old

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:17

2. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


im 16 and i send about 4,000 and recieve about 4,000. seems about right ^^

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:37

11. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


i feel like although u might that most people dont send that many… most people in high school cant physically text that much so i dont really believe this survey… there is so much going on idk how anyone cud reach AN AVERAGE of 3,000… sure there are some standouts but an average that high seems ridiculous

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:18

12. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


Its really easy, Your probably not a teenager so you don't understand, phones and computers are our life's, a really easy way to socialize when you cant in person! i should probably be studying for finals.. nahhhh

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 02:21

18. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


im not arguing there arent people like u, but it just seems like and average of that number is huge…

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:37

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


i am 16 too and i barely manage to reach 100 texts in a month...but i do consume alotta data...like 5 gigs maybe.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:24 1

3. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I feel really old. I am 16 and rarely message. My messages never exceed 100 per month. That's in the senior citizen groups !

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:25

4. bigboss (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Sorry that would out be 10 not 100.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:27

5. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


about 2000 a month...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:31 1

6. RageQuit (Posts: 41; Member since: 05 Sep 2011)


Im 16 and i shoot out/receive anywhere between 3000 and 7000 texts a month depending on the season. I also use 5 to 7GB of data a month...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:10

10. ILikeBubbles (Posts: 302; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


love it! lol im 22 but if i had the friends i'd be rockin txts like your age group haha but data is easy. :p especially when you tether!

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:19

13. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


i can barely reach 5GB, O: You must watch a lot of youtube,

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 22:47

7. GeekMovement (Posts: 1519; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


i'm 25-64 years old depending on the month and my texting mood...

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:04

8. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 400; Member since: 24 May 2011)


I'm 20 and i send about 5000 messages receive about the same a month and my monthly data usage is around 1-2GB.

posted on 15 Dec 2011, 23:06

9. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3042; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I use about 15gb of data a month lol screw texting.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:31

14. Sambo (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Devices are cool and all. But all they are doing little by little is making people more antisocial as a . I can society speak for myself. But I would rather verbally talk to someone on the phone or in person. Texting to me is only if you need to get an urgent message out to someone. Otherwise it say's to me. I don't have time for you. Your not important enough to speak to verbally. Want proof go up to someone on the street or a store and say hello to them. They usually look at you in horror or shock. Oh no I actually have to speak to someone. How can I do that without a device. No keyboard or some sort of touch screen in fornt of them. That's just sad. Whether your 5 or 125 years old. Well let's hope this changes in the future. Have a great day. Sam

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 00:37

15. Sambo (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Dec 2011)


Devices are cool and all. But all they are doing little by little is making people more antisocial as a society. I can only speak for myself. But I would rather verbally talk to someone on the phone or in person. Texting to me is only if you need to get an urgent message out to someone. Otherwise it say's to me. I don't have time for you. Your not important enough to speak to verbally. Want proof go up to someone on the street, or a store and say hello to them. They usually look at you in horror or shock. Oh no I actually have to speak to someone. How can I do that without a device. No keyboard or some sort of touch screen in fornt of them. That's just sad. Whether your 5 or 125 years old. Well let's hope this changes in the future. Have a great day. Sam

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 01:10

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


What the hell they have to say in those 3000 text?

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 01:14

17. Penny (Posts: 1243; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


I don't think I could text that much in one month if I tried...I would give up and do something else halfway through.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 02:47

19. -RVM- (Posts: 329; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


wow, these teens obviously have no real life. I send like 5-10 messages per month.

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 02:50

20. nightmare (Posts: 28; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


just turnd 20.texting and sexting gives me an average of 4k texts,so yah its possible...if u have interesthng friends that is

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 07:09

21. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


im 15 and send about 10000 a month

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 15:26

23. rcrider4 (Posts: 118; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


Lol I'm 16 and I'm getting my first phone (iPhone 4S, Sprint) for Christmas. I am so behind :P

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 15:53

24. Dragonshadowstorm (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


Im 17 and I send 2000 messages per week :D

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