An average teenager sends more than 3,000 SMSs per month which means more than six texts walking hour.
According to Nielsen, which analyzed 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 and found amazing facts.
Shocking Results – Too Many Texts: The number of texts being sent is on the rise, especially among teenagers age 13 to 17. According to Nielsen, the average teenager now sends 3,339 texts per month. There’s more, though: teen females send an incredible 4,050 texts per month, while teen males send an average of 2,539 texts. Teens are sending 8% more texts than they were this time last year. Other age groups don’t even come close, either; the average 18- to 24-year-old sends “only” 1,630 texts per month. The average only drops with other age groups. However, in every age bracket, the number of texts sent has increased when compared to last year. This, texting is a more important means of communication than it has ever been. It might be due to so many SMS bundles being offered by mobile service providing companies. In 2008, the main reason anybody got a mobile phone was for safety, even among teenagers. That’s not true anymore; 43% of teenagers now say texting is the number one reason they get a mobile phone. Safety is number two, with 35%, while 34% of teenagers say they get mobile phones to keep in touch with friends. Texting is also supplanting voice calls — 22% say SMS is easier than a phone call and another 20% say it’s faster.
Declining Voice Calls & Increasing Data Usage: 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 mobile phone more than the average teenager. While voice may be on the decline, data and mobile application usage is on the rise. According to Nielsen, data usage among teens has quadrupled, from 14 MB to 62 MB per month. In a role reversal, teen males use more data than their female counterparts: 75 MB vs. 53 MB of data.
Increasing Mobile Application Usage: Mobile application and software downloads also increased by 12% among teens in the past year. Nielsen discovered. “Software downloads among teen subscribers who use apps enjoyed a solid 12 percent increase in activity versus last year, from 26 to 38 percent,” it said. “This includes popular apps such as Facebook, Pandora or YouTube.” These statistics are indeed shocking, but what’s even more astounding is that these numbers keep on rising. Texting, data usage and mobile application downloads seems to have no end!