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…



1. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Male teens use more mobile data, we all know why

3. metoyou

Posts: 279; Member since: Oct 19, 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

4. Arpad

Posts: 40; Member since: Jan 05, 2012

Good one! :)

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Cool graphic, sad stats.

5. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

He mean Porn

14. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Captain Obvious everybody!

6. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

7. gregoryyy3 unregistered

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

8. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 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

9. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 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

10. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

teens should not even have smartphones.

13. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

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

11. donhwan

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

15. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 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.

12. RazaAsad

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 24, 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 :)

16. ErikWood

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 19, 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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