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Chatting Less; Texting More

A study by a British research company released this week found that the number of calls being placed on mobile phones is down, according to London's Daily Mail. At the same time, the number of text messages and emails being sent by mobile phone are up.

The study found that the average number of calls placed in a week dropped from 35 to 27, or 23 percent. The average number of texts sent rose from 32 a week to 46.

It's somewhat of a "duh!" finding - but important to note as wireless providers start marketing their data plans more than the calling plans. I can't remember the last time a bigger-than-expected cell phone bill arrived in the mailbox at my house because one of us "talked" too much. Just last month, though, I had to call my provider to increase my text message plan. Those overusage charges were killing me.

On the upside, if people are texting more than they're chatting, the anger levels among patrons in movie theaters and restaurants - not to mention my fellow riders on Metro trains - must be down, as well.

By Sam Diaz  |  May 3, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Sam Diaz
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I wonder if this has anything to do with the fact that we're all too busy listening to music on our ipods to answer the phone!

Posted by: Lani | May 3, 2007 1:47 PM

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