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Study: U.S. teens average 3,339 text messages a month

News by Todd Haselton on Thursday October 14, 2010.

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A new report from Nielsen has found that text messaging among teens in the United States is on the rise.

The survey was based on data from more than 60,000 cell phone subscribers and data from over 3,000 teens. It was conducted during Q2 2010 between April 2010 and June 2010.

Nielsen found that teens send or receive an average of 3,339 texts per month. Those between the ages of 13 and 17 send or receive an average of 4,050 texts per month, far more than any other age group. The next closest group was 18-24 year olds, who send an average of 1,630 text messages per month. Those figures are both greater than the average amount of texts sent during the same quarter in 2009.

43 percent of teens said that text messaging was the primary reason for getting a cell phone. Safety was the second most common reason for getting a phone, at 35 percent, followed by keeping in touch with friends (34 percent), and keeping in touch with family (26 percent).

"78 percent of teens recognize the functionality and convenience of SMS, considering it easier (22 percent) and faster (20 percent) than voice calls (though still fun)," the report said.

Teens have also begun to use data services more. Data use by teens jumped from an average of 14MB per month during Q2 of last year to an average of 64MB in the most recent study.

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