How Often do Kids Text?

According to the Nielsen report, American kids younger than 18 years old send about 93 text messages per day — that's one message for every 10 minutes they're awake. The average teenager sends around 3,000 texts per month, more than double the amount sent by 18- to 24-year-olds and more than six times the amount sent by those age 25 to 30.

More facts on texting:

  • In total, about 2.3 billion text messages are sent every day in the U.S. In fact, most people send twice as many texts as they make calls in a month.

  • Women send more text messages than men, sending about 600 text messages a month, compared to the 450 sent by men.

  • Nearly 60 percent of drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 admit to texting while driving. Texting while driving accounts for about 6,000 traffic fatalities and 500,000 injuries per year.
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Discussion Comments


@Viranty - You bring up a very good point, as I've been noticing this quite recently too, as early as last week. I was out at a restaurant, and I was observing a family that was sitting nearby. When waiting for their food, instead of having family conversations, they spent all of their time on cellphones. It really shows how we've become a tech-savvy generation, depending on these machines to help us out. Whether we want to admit it or not, it's our life.


In one of my communication classes, we were discussing people and technology, and my teacher brought up a very good point. He said that technology has become an extension of man, as it becomes part of us, and we can't live without it. For example, have you ever seen people who are so attached to their cellphones that it's like they don't have time for anybody? If their cellphone were to die, the person would "die" as well, since that technology is an extension of their functioning.


In this day and age, kids have become attached to texting and cellphones more than ever. One reason may be because people are so busy with their lives and schedules, that it's a lot easier to send a message instead of calling someone up and having an hour long conversation.

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