Blacks, women, and Southerners talk/text the most

Blacks, women, and Southerners talk/text the most
If you thought you used your cell phone a lot, maybe you belong to one of the demographics identified by the Nielsen Company. According to their polling data of 60,000 US subscribers, Black people, women, and Southerners are responsible for the largest amount of voice and text usage. Yes, teenagers obviously account for the largest usage regardless of ethnicity or gender, but we didn't need polling to figure that out.

According to the research, White subscribers used an average of 647 voice minutes per month, whereas Blacks used a staggering 1300 per month. Black users also topped the chart with an average of 780 text messages per month, basically on par with the Hispanic population's 767 texts. The almost 800 texts per month of the Black and Hispanic populations dwarf the Whites' 566 texts and the Asians' 384.

The research also determined that women talk on their phone about 22% more, and text about 34% more than their male counterparts. Southerners also accounted for more mobile usage than the rest of the US. There are a number of questions we should pose in response to the data: Which of these users have landlines, and how much do they use them? Are White and Asian subscribers using more data-based messaging (i.e. AIM, BBM, etc.)? Let us know what YOU think!

source: The Nielsen Company via IntoMobile



1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

it's probably because people in the south talk with that weird accent.

2. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009

Damn fukn right southern pride biatch

20. narley21 unregistered


3. stilt

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 13, 2008

this is the most racist article i've ever seen. look at the title "BLACKS, women and southerners talk/text the most." first of all african american, then when they say white people its "white subscribers" sounding so prefessional then. then at the end they suggest that the white people are more intelligent than "BLACKS" by saying they must use more hi tech methods of communicating like instant messaging, suggesting to me that black people are to simple minded to know how to use Instant messaging. Then they use word like a "STAGGERING 1300" like people are just ridiculous for using there phone that they pay for to have. WOW phonearena WOW. That was very racially and ignorantly written.


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

I agree. Phones Arena must be run by republicans. Not to mention that it's just a plain stupid survey. Who cares!

5. zio unregistered

Interesting! Im from South Africa and im White! Dose that make me "African American"? I agree with this article.

8. blacksleep

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 26, 2010

@ stilt. Hypersensitivity really promotes racism, far more than this article. "this is the most racist article i've ever seen" -Really? You must be so ignorant to the true supporters of racism that you've never read anything to compare. If you're going to nitpick this article like some holier than thou prick with their panties in a bunch; then do it right. Whine about calling black people "blacks" and correct with "african americans" (both "African" and "American" should be capitalized by the way) AND that "women" should be corrected with "non racially specified female Americans" and "southerners" should read "non racially specified southern north American residents" (use "residents" just incase some a**hole accuses you of possibly suggesting that the term "southerners" might suggest these people are illegal immigrants or homeless, maybe both) Does "white subscribers" really sound "so prefessional"? (try prOfessional) Is it because of the term "white" or "subsribers"? Because it shouldn't take a genious to understand that all of the people polled are subscribers by default, and merely using the term as an adjective in an article to add a bit of color (no pun intended) to your writting, isn't racist. You say that the writter of the article suggests "that the white people are more intelligent than "BLACKS" by saying they must use more hi tech methods of communicating like instant messaging, suggesting to me that black people are to simple minded to know how to use Instant messaging." -I didn't read that in the statement in the article at all. YOU are the only one suggesting that Whites are more intelligent than "BLACKS" (you're also the only one using Blacks in all caps) because MAYBE Whites (also Asians were included here) use more data-based messaging, which you ASSUME is automatically more high tech and thus necessitating higher intelligence to navigate. You should also ASSUME the writter thinks Asians are more intelligent than Blacks, you only complained about the Whites, so obviously you're not worried about anyone thinking Asians are more intelligent than Blacks. Don't put words in people's mouths, and don't make everyone else responsible for your own insecurities. I recommend going out and getting some red, yellow, black, and white friends; get them all together, make fun of whatever color they are, let them make fun of whatever color you are, and have a jolly time not giving a f**k about what color any of you are. @CHEFJEFF "Phones Arena (actually phone Arena) must be run by republicans." -Now who's being biased? President Andrew Jackson (Democrat) was responsible for the "Indian Removal Act" so I think politics doesn't have anything to do with racism, so I don't know why you're bringing that into the mix, unless it's just to be a douche, in that case; congrats. The poll isn't stupid either; clearly the Nielsen Company is doing a bit of research to know who to blame for Verizon and AT&T capping their data and charging so much for service, that way when the Nielsen Company starts their race war; they know who to target first. (the race war theme was a bit of sarcasm...)

10. blacksleep

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 26, 2010

zio - You White South Africans are the worst! WHITE, AFRICAN, and SOUTHERN!! you MUST use a TON of data and air time! (joking)

11. phone333

Posts: 331; Member since: Feb 04, 2009

wow! This must be phonearena's record for the longest comment.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

oh you dumb liberals cant ever just read a survey without screaming about PC crap. theyz racist, cuz they said this instead of that!! ooooh!! theyz racist because their SURVEY found that this segment used this and this segment used that!!! ooooh!!.. shut the heck up. im offended by african american.. spanish american.. whatever american.. your either just an AMERICAN, or your not. no other country has idiot liberals screaming about different ethicities like we do. and by the way, thats how you keep racism alive. keep the groups segmented. "african americans this, white americans that, spanish americans.. bla bla". keep them as groups and you keep hatred alive. We are just "americans". Anyone ever heard the term "american-brittish, or african-brittish, or chineese-brittish"? neither have I. BTW, i live in the south.. i work in the cell industry. I could have told you this without a survey. Southerners talk slower than northerners and also like to stay in contact with their family more than northerners.. so of course they talk more. You ever seen a woman not on the phone? LOL. When you look around and you find someone talking on their phone who is it normally? There is nothing in this article that isnt OBVIOUS. Take your racism claims back to the obama camp, where all they do is shout racism. Its the democrats keeping that crap alive, and your too dumb to even realize it.

19. heyhey unregistered

LOL! You do know that it's more politically correct to say "black" than "African American" nowadays, right? Not all Africans are black, and not all blacks are African. Haha!

27. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

@ Blacksleep - Wow, I am more than impressed with your response to this person! I must say for the first time in a long while that the internet may not be as stupid as i had thought... thank you.

31. truth1 unregistered

Actually yes. My dads coworker is listed as African American

32. ElMoerbo unregistered

"Blacks"??? This article is totally insensitive. How can they pool African American men and women under that label. Who is being described under the label "Black" obviouslyly it is not women or southerners. This is racist I am not surpirised that the minority groups mentioned (African Americans, women and southerners) were the target of this article it is an ongoing trend in the media. Shame on you phonearnea you should know better.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

No you would not be called an "african American", but you would be called ignorant. South Africa a totally racist regime set up to pillage the gold and diamonds from the true people of that nation......go home. This is not a joke!

35. Braveheart unregistered

Yes, you are an African were born in Africa, right? Now, technically whites moved there, and thats the reason you are African American. Native are not. That's probably why you agree with this racist article.

39. ASTRNG BLK WMN unregistered

yeah this is very racist and i do not appreciate it one bit! who really cares what races texts the most???? they are still making money so how is that really important! that just goes to show you the PHONEAREA are really ignorant! i mean dont they have a "marketing team" did they approve this?? whatever it may be this is the dumbest thing and most insulting thing ive seen from a cellphone website. WOW

40. boldvic unregistered

Yeah what you said was very stupid.


Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Democrats keeping racism need to wake up, and really educate your self. Get out a little......being couped up in a limited enviroment clouds your thinking. Racism in America is alive and well, and is only concealed because of politically incorrectness...and public out cry. On the surface this can make racism appear to be nonexistent until someone slips up and says what they really think in "public". Until some American's stop trying to make it seem like they aren't racist in public, but really are behind closed doors, or in their own little racist circles racism will not totally die.

49. jbroots3

Posts: 104; Member since: Jan 29, 2010

+ 10 ZIO!! the people who read and gripe about this article are just as ignorant as the people publishing it

60. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

If you actually knew your history you'd realize that modern Democrats have the sensibilities of the original Republicans- the parties haven't been the same for all 300 years. The last switched occurred in the 60s during the civil rights movement- the Southern Democrats echoed the same values as modern Republicans, and the Northern Republicans were much like current Democrats. The more you know, the less you'll type a paragraph of mental retardation.

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

No one would say anything if it said White People? I really hate people being politically correct. Get over it and move on. Why do a group of people have to have a special title? I'd never call someone African American unless they actually MOVED here from Africa. Get off your high horses and stop being scared to say black.

14. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

@baldilocks - im sure someone would hv a problem if the term "white people" was used. this is the same concept as when women call each other bitches casually but when a male calls a woman a bitch in the same joking manner it somehow becomes offensive. can't say this is the most racist article i've read like the other guy said...but i can see how one can perceive it to be racist. don't be so gullible to think racism doesnt exist anymore tho as u seem to take a "get over it" mentality.

24. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

My point is that people need to stop being politically correct. Everyone in the U.S. would go ballistic if a bill was put thru that white people wanted to be called European Americans from now on. It would go over like a lead balloon. Political Correctness is for dummies. Yes, Get over it!

7. dude unregistered

And the point of this study is?.......

9. 408 unregistered

my race came in 2nd :)....but i still think this is racist. and what was the point of this research?

12. blacksleep

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 26, 2010

It's called "Targeted Market Research" it's to identify which markets use what type of products and services, so that companies can target specific groups for marketing. Companies do this all the time, and it's not because they're racist; it's because they like to sell products and services and make money.


Posts: 147; Member since: Sep 22, 2009

That may be true, but the point is why is this posted on Phonearena. Everyone knows companies do marketing research, why post this here?? This site is supposed to be about products and services, not the people, male, female, age, race whatever, that use these products!

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

this site gives information based on the cell phone industry.. guess what, this study was based on the cell industry, and there isnt any racism in it. obviously liberals dont know what racism means if they think a study on cell phone use is racist.

17. cemysh33

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 05, 2009

You also have to think at this time the (FU)BP oil spill was going on and so more people were on the phone and communicating and using the cell towers more and more. Same with Katrina. Im sure the stats will change when the spill is "cleaned up" in the future.

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