Texting vs Talking: How Adolescents Prefer to Communicate

Photo courtesy: R Ganoza on flickr cc

If there are adolescents at your place, this scenario is probably familiar: you are sitting at the dinner table trying to eat/catch-up/discuss/bond with your teen/s after a busy day. Next to the cutlery/in their pocket the phone keeps buzzing/tink-tinking/jiggling around. The teen/s both thumbs moving at the speed of light text back; organizing/advising/chatting with anywhere up to a dozen friends. You pause and wonder when was the last time your teen/s actually spoke to someone on the phone? Chances are it was to you and chances are also high that you called them.

In early June, Lab42, a consumer market research firm, conducted a survey using social networking sites to find out about teens’ texting habits. Although the teens surveyed were American, the results wouldn’t be so different for Australian teens’ use of mobile phones.

Lab42 found:

  • 71% of 13-21 year-olds preferred texting to talking on their phones
  • 45% sent 30 or more texts a day
Mashable.com, the social media website, ran their own texting survey last year and found:
  • adults sent on average 10 texts/day
  • male teens sent about 30 texts/day
  • female teens sent about 100 texts/day
Both sites have compiled these statistics and the rest of their findings into neat, easy-to-read Infographics. You can access them and be enlightened/surprised on the following links: 
This information came through via Digital Citizenship in Schools, a Facebook page curated by Judy O’Connell from Charles Sturt University, Australia. Thanks Judy!
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