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Pew Research finds the average US adult gets or sends 40 texts a day -- and young people receive and send more than 100 texts a day. The survey also raises some puzzling questions.
Has text messaging usage finally leveled off after a decade of relentless growth?
That's the finding of a new survey of 2,300 US adults conducted by The Pew Research Center. There were few surprises in the study -- for example, younger people are the most voracious texters. However, there were some data points that merited further exploration -- such as the wide disparity in texting between income and educational levels.
Seventy-three percent of cell phone owners text one another, and send or receive an average of 41.5 messages on a typical day. This comes to approximately three messages every waking hour. However, this figure is largely unchanged from that reported in 2010. It's still higher than 2009, when an average of 30 texts a day were reported. Has text messaging reached its saturation point?
Not surprisingly, young people are the most voracious test messages. Cell owners between the ages of 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day — or about seven each waking hour. (assuming they're getting more than 3,200 texts per month.
Interestingly, the less education and lower the income level of respondents, the more they were likely to text. For example, respondents with less than a high school education reported an average of 70 texts a day, versus 24 a day for those with four years or more of college. The survey authors did not offer an explanation for this disparity.
The Pew Research Center also asked those texters in a survey how they prefer to be contacted on their cell phone and 31% said they preferred texts to talking on the phone, while 53% said they preferred a voice call to a text message. Another 14% said the contact method they prefer depends on the situation.
Sep 29, 2011
Personally, I barely text at all.. currently 37yo male. Hell, I rarely even doe 30 texts a week. Other things came to mind.. about just who texts.. lower education -> more texts... of course, text-ers tend to be the worst spellers I've ever come across in my life. I'd rather talk on the phone.
Text messaging as well as cell phone usage are fine as long as the user uses those tools wisely! They should not be used while behind the wheel while still in motion! There are many people I have personally observed using either device while still maintaining the motion of their automobile! Those people are a safety hazzard to ALL drivers around them including other people doing the same thing behind the wheel! Not one thing being discussed is worth putting your life or someone else's in HARMS WAY! When the LAW starts to clamp down on those people guilty of those infractions they will have nobody to blame but themselves. If you can't wait and pull over to the curb at a SAFE place to use either text or voice devices then You are self-centered and rude and arrogant! When you're behind the wheel of a moving auto, your full focus and attention should be on what's going on around you and your driving! When you fail to pay attention to what's going on around you, you open up the door to accidents. Pay attention when behind the wheel!