Research finds American teenagers send 10 text messages per hour

Research finds American teenagers send 10 text messages per hour
There's no denying how text messaging has become ingrained into the minds of teenagers today – it's only second nature to them to naturally do it on an everyday basis. There is new research conducted by The Nielsen Company that looks into the relationship between teenagers and text messaging in the US. They analyzed more than 40,000 bills a month to see where consumers are actually spending their money. Results from the research found that teens are sending 3,146 messages a month – which equates to roughly 10 message every hour of the month that they are not sleeping or in school. Even children under the 12 year old segment are found to send 1,146 messages per month. Parents question what kind of impact it has when they see their children constantly in tune with their phones. Looking towards the future, text messaging is expected to grow thanks partly to younger generations enticing older generations to text in order to stay connected with one another.

source: Nielsen via Textually



1. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 2009

I miss the good ol days when people actually TALKED to one another. Socializing has a new meaning in this generation. It used to mean talking and meeting with other people, now it means Facebooking and texting. And this is coming from one who's in his 20's, I must be getting old early.

2. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

What I'd really like to see is the length distribution for those messages. How many are 10 characters or less? You can bet the carriers have this info, though I suspect the system load is largely in headers and routing. 75% (at least) of them are stuff like "Ya" or "Me 2" or "LOL" - so just counting them doesn't tell you much. Either.

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