Texting has now become the primary means of communication between teenagers according to a new study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. The average teen will send and receive some 1,500 text messages per month, although many will surpass that. A third send some 3,000 texts per month, and 15 percent 6,000 or more.
Girls by far are the more prolific messagers, as they send some 80 texts per day on average. Boys send much less, about 30.
“The widespread availability of unlimited texting plans has transformed communication patterns of American teens, many of whom now conduct substantial portions of their daily conversations with their friends via texting,” senior researcher Amanda Lenhart said.
Some have bypassed the texting craze, however: Pew found that 22 percent send and receive less than 10 text messages per day.
Pew found that 75% of teens now have cell phones, up from 45% in 2004.