US & Worldwide Texting Trends

Email is about to go the way of the fax machine. Texting has surpassed email, phone and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds. Read more stats and trends about the new default form of communication.
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U.S. & WORLDWIDE TEXTING TRENDS Texting has surpassed email, phone, and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds Adults 18+ 10 TEXTS/DAY Boys 14-17 30 TEXTS/DAY Girls 14-17 100 TEXTS/DAY XXX 15% of teens have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude multimedia text from someone they know. General U.S. population (age 10+) 10 - 25 YEARS OLD 24% 25-35 YEARS OLD 16% OVER 35 YEARS OLD 60% Why are we in the same category? Text messagers in the United States 10 -25 YEARS OLD 25% 25-35 YEARS OLD 25% OVER 35 YEARS OLD 50% Because the survey people lumped us together. Those jerks. Although 25-35 year-olds make up a small portion of the population,t hey make up a disproportionally large amount of the total text message users in the country. 200,000 auto accidents int he U.S. every year are attributed to texting while driving. Cell phone owners who admit to texting while driving: TEENS 14-17 34% YES ADULTS 18+ 47% YES For about $40, parents can download a system called Textecution, which disables a phone'stexting and internet functions when the phone's owner is traveling at 10 MPH or faster. Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month: In 2003 PHILIPPINES 195 S. KOREA 120 JAPAN 109 SINGAPORE 97 IRELAND 79 MALTA 74 CROATIA 72 DENMARK 72 INDONESIA 68 NORWAY 65 USA 13 In 2009 PHILIPPINES 600 USA 420 Perhaps the most famous text-message breakup is credited to former Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen, who allegedly dumped his girlfriend via SMS, making headlines worldwide. 1992 The first use of SMS was allegedly in December 1992 by 22-year-old Neil Papworth, an engineer who used a computer to send the text message, "Merry Christmas" via Vodafone. 1995 Three years later, as phone providers started supporting SMS, customers sent an average of 0.4 messages per month. 2009 By 2009, 5 trillion SMS messages were being sent annually worldwide

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