Do You Text Message As Often As The Average American?
People have become obsessed with text messaging. That’s probably not particularly surprising to you. If you’ve ever walked through the mall, observed fellow patrons at a restaurant, or, hell, been behind someone driving erratically at 2 o’clock—in the afternoon!—you’ve seen how text messaging has taken over the world. People can’t live without their SMS messages. They’re more popular than ever.
That’s not just hyperbole, either. Recently, Pew Internet did a study on the impact that text messaging is having on Americans. And, as you might expect, it found that a whole lot of people in this country love texting. More than 80 percent of American adults own cell phones and, of that percentage, 73 percent send texts and 31 percent of them actually enjoy texting rather than talking.
But that’s not the surprising part. What is surprising is that the novelty of texting apparently hasn’t worn off yet. Back in 2009, a study found that people between the ages of 18 and 24 were sending about 2900 text messages per month. Pretty crazy. However, that total hasn’t tapered off. Instead, it has since risen to about 3200 per month—or approximately 110 text messages a day. That’s right. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 24, you’re sending and receiving approximately 110 texts messages on any given day.
So, how do you stack up? After reading about this study, I went through my texts today and did a quick count. I’ve had a pretty busy day, so I expected that I sent—at most—10 or 15 texts. My total came out to 20—and I’ve hardly even sent out any texts today! That means that I could easily top 110 if I was even half-trying. And the study doesn’t even take into account the fact that people use a ton of other methods of communicating with one another today. From email to Facebook to Twitter, there’s not even a huge need to send out 110 texts a day anymore. Yet, people are still doing it.
I guess I shouldn’t really be too surprised. After all, just about everyone I know who has a cell phone knows how to text. And even those who don’t know how to do it (hi, Nanny!) know how to read texts when they come in. Basically, people have become obsessed with text messaging. And if this new study is any indication, it only stands to get worse.