New data just released from Nielsen show the average teenager sends 3,339 text messages each and every month. More impressive, the average teenage female sends over 4,000 messages on a monthly basis.
Nielsen analyzed the mobile data habits of more than 60,000 mobile subscribers and surveyed more than 3,000 teens during April, May and June of this year. The data shows teens are sending 8% more texts than they were this time last year, representing roughly six text messages every waking hour for each and every teen. Teenagers, ages 13-17, obviously represented the largest subset of SMS users, with the 18-24 demographic “only” sending 1,630 texts per month.
As SMS usage skyrockets, it’s quickly taking the place of voice calls within every demographic. Twenty-two percent say SMS is easier than a phone call and another 20% say it’s faster. Voice usage has decreased by 14% among teens and is decreasing in all age groups under 55. Eighteen- to 24-year-olds use the most minutes, but every age group between 18 and 55 talks on the phone more than the average teenager.