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The day of a teen: 60 texts on average

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The day of a teen: 60 texts on average
Teens today are texting even more than they did only a couple of years ago. Yes, we too, didn’t think it was possible, but now the average US teenager sends 60 text messages every single day. In 2009, that number stood at “only” 50 texts. 

The revealing results come after a survey of 799 US teenagers ages 12 to 17 years old carried out by Pew Research Center.

Overall, an overwhelming 75% of US teens text.

“Teens are fervent communicators. Straddling childhood and adulthood, they communicate frequently with a variety of important people in their lives: friends and peers, parents, teachers, coaches, bosses, and a myriad of other adults and institutions," senior research specialist with the Pew Internet Project Amanda Lenhart wrote in the report.

63% of teenagers text every day and that’s obviously the preferred way of communication. 39% talks on their phones and 35% pick face-to-face conversations. Social networking is the medium 29% of teens use.

While the youth of the nation still call each other, they do it less frequently than before. 20% say they’re on the phone with friends and peers every day, down from 38% three years ago.

Interestingly, older teen girls are the most passionate texters sending an average of 100 messages a day. Boys in comparison send “only” 50 messages daily on average. What do you think about the survey, are teens in your view texting more and talking less?

source: Pew Research via PCMag

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posted on 20 Mar 2012, 05:19 3

1. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


the numbers seem low. when i was at a job a few years ago, the high school kids i was in charge of would send around 10k+ a month

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 06:39 4

2. tigermcm (Posts: 730; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


i have to agree with you seems like a study conducted years ago and just now being released. I used to do at LEAST 200 text a day

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 06:44 2

3. ibap (Posts: 702; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


How about a statistic that reports the word total for those texts? From what I've seen, 75% or so are "yep", "nope", "maybe", or "ok".

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 12:32

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6588; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


man it's like teens today doesn't know how to talk to each other they only depend on their texting. even i DON'T text that much

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 17:05 1

5. hunted (Posts: 336; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)


That final para says"boys are much occupied with their work" just joking :)

posted on 20 Mar 2012, 19:17 1

6. RandomlyPsychotic (Posts: 36; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


this has to be way off.
i'm a high school student.
you should see how many people are texting every single moment of their lives.
they're texting even during tests!
i find myself to be a "light" texter, and my bill is always around 11,000 texts a month.
i know so many people who text more than i do.

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