September 20, 2011- A recent study says that texting, due to convenience, is becoming more popular than actually having a conversation on the phone. Young adults prefer to text as their first choice of communication instead of talking.
Pew Internet recently released a report saying that over 31% of users in the United States prefer to text than to talk on a mobile phone. That percentage is highest among young adults. The average number of text per day in that same group was over 110.
Ten percent of the young adults surveyed who were between the ages of 18 and 24 said they receive or send over 200 texts each day. That is equivalent to nearly 6,000 texts per month or over 72,000 annually.
The age group of 25 to 34 year olds averaged only about 40 texts per day. The trend of fewer texts as the age group increases continued, with the group of 65 and older decreasing to only five texts per day.
The study found there was even a trend in ethnicity. Hispanics and African Americans are more likely to text with the average across all age groups being about twenty texts per day. Additionally, households with less income were more likely to send text messages to communicate, than those households with higher income.