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Teens text every 10 minutes, Nielsen says

It turns out that teens are texting pretty much all the time. Precisely, they are on average sending and receiving text messages every 10 minutes of every waking hour of every day of the year, according to a new study released by Nielsen.

According to the report on cellphone use in the second quarter of the year, Nielsen found that teenage girls are thumbing their way to new texting records ahead of boys. In total, cellphone users ages 13 to 17 sent and received an average of 3,339 texts a month, up 8 percent from the second quarter of 2009. Girls averaged 4,050 texts, and boys sent 2,539.

Text messaging – because of ease of use and fast transmission – is what 43 percent of teenagers say is their primary use for a cellphone. That’s why, according to Nielsen, the first they thing look for in a phone is a QWERTY raised keyboard, as opposed to touch screens. Two years ago they said the primary reason for having a cellphone was for safety factors.

And teens are using more Internet applications. Because of more picture messaging, gaming and e-mail, the average data consumed by teens rose to 62 megabytes in the second quarter compared with 14 megabytes in the second quarter of 2009.

By Cecilia Kang  | October 14, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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Posted by: rep15 | October 14, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

How gadzooks, that's a lot of text messaging!

Posted by: jeffwacker | October 14, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Ironically, 10 minutes is how long it takes me to actually *compose* a text message! :-D

Posted by: MockingbirdGirl | October 14, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

10 minutes? Nielsen obviously hasn't been around teens these days. I think it's every 5 minutes at the very least, as long as they are not forbidden from using their phones.

Maybe that's the average - 10 minutes if it's spread out over 24 hours...

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | October 14, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Those 13-year-olds should get off the phone and focus on their studies.

Posted by: TheChileanPresidentIsMuchBetterRespondingToDisastersThanObama | October 14, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Great that is half the battle!!! now just get them to open a text book once in a while and the texting battle will be won!!!

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 14, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

No wonder they are all diagnosed with ADD. Whatever happened to reading an entire chapter of a book? Few of these kids are going to have the focus to solve any problems that take longer than 10 minutes to think about.

Posted by: lauther266 | October 14, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

ok and the next thing... get them to text each other about the text printed in the book... like how do they feel about and then what do they think about what they feel about...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 14, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

and they could do it in class, compose the text messages into complete sentences and paragraphs and page upon page of worlds of thoughts and ideas...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 14, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

at the speed they text they could have papers done faster than the speed of homework...

Posted by: Wildthing1 | October 14, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: 1561705755 | October 14, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

No wonder kids are doing lousy in school. The cellphone is becoming an addiction to kids. It is taking over their lives. They need to look at the world and not at a screen.

Posted by: bobbo2 | October 14, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

This probably means teens are less isolated than formerly. The amount of texting will probably drop, as the amount of TV-watching is now dropping.

Posted by: geneven | October 15, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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