Teenagers mad on texting – Study shows huge growth

If you live in a home with teenagers you may not be surprised at the following statistics, but to those of us who don’t yet know the delights of living with a teenager the numbers I’m about to discuss may well shock you. On second thoughts though, some of us may have noticed that many teenagers seem to be almost permanently welded to their cell phones so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised after all.

It seems that teenagers are mad on texting as new information out reveals that the average teenager sends more than 3,000 texts every month and no, that’s not a misprint. That works out at six texts every hour they’re awake, according to an article by Ben Parr over on Mashable. The figures out from Nielsen surveyed the way over 60,000 people use their mobile phones and over the three months of April, May and June looked closely at the mobile data habits of 3,000 teenagers.

The study shows that there has been a marked increase in such things as app usage, data downloads and texting and that the growth in texting by teenagers aged 13 to 17 in particular, has increased enormously. The average female teen uses SMS more than male teens sending around 4,050 texts per month compared to the average male teen who sends 2,539. In fact the statistics show an 8% rise in texting amongst teenagers against the same time last year.

Even the next youngest group in the survey, 18 to 24-year-olds, don’t send anything like as many texts with the average going down to 1,630 per month which still seems an awful lot to me. Over every age bracket, although the rise was not be so marked as that of teenagers, there was still a growth in texting. Another interesting thing to come out of the study is that as recently as 2008 most people across all ages said that safety was their main reason for purchasing a mobile. However now 43% of teenagers say their main reason is for texting opposed to 35% who still say it’s for safety.

For more on this go to mashable.com. Does any of this surprise you? Maybe you’re a teenager and could tell us how often you text or you could be a parent and wondering what on earth you teenager has to talk about? We’re interested in what you have to say so please do send us your comments about this.