In the US texting has become one of the more rampant forms of communication over the past few years, especially among teens. The average teenager sends more than 3,000 texts per month, which works out to more than six texts per waking hour! That’s a lot of texts. With the increase in mobile phone usage the increase in text messages are also on the rise.
A US study showed that “In 2008, the main reason anybody got a phone was for safety, even among teenagers.” That’s not true anymore as “43% of teenagers now say texting is the number one reason they get a mobile phone. Safety is number two, with 35%, while 34% of teenagers say they get mobile phones to keep in touch with friends.”
Nielsen recently analyzed the “mobile data habits of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers and surveyed more than 3,000 teens during April, May and June of this year. This study revealed that:
The number of texts being sent is on the rise, especially among teenagers age 13 to 17
The average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month
Teen females send 4,050 texts per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts
Teens are sending 8% more texts than they were this time last year.
This trend will continue to rapidly grow over time, making it all the more imperative to talk to your children about who they’re communicating with, and also be able to advise them on what kind of messages are appropriate and inappropriate to send through this means of communication.
My take: I may be old fashioned but surely face to face communication is more beneficial and effective than texting – don’t u tink?