Teens send tons of text messages, do you?

According to study by Nielsen teens in the U.S. average 3,339 texts a month. That’s a bunch of text messages. Let’s say you have a teen in your house and you don’t get them unlimited texts, you might be shocked to find a bill in the neighborhood of $334.00 in one month. That’s a lot of cheese for texting. I don’t understand why they don’t just talk to their friends, why text?

Nielsen found that teens send or receive an average of 3,339 texts per month. Those between the ages of 13 and 17 send or receive an average of 4,050 texts per month, far more than any other age group. The next closest group was 18-24 year olds, who send an average of 1,630 text messages per month. Those figures are both greater than the average amount of texts sent during the same quarter in 2009.

You can read more about these numbers over at Mobile Burn. There are some really interesting stats. I thought my daughter (17) was texting too much, but apparently she’s not too far off the national average.

I decided to go take a look at my bill. She has slowed down over the last couple months and falls below this average now, but I still think it’s too much.


Here is my section. I sent 32 and received 62. That’s not bad huh? Also note the 1.5GB of data used. I think I’ll stick with the grandfathered, unlimited plan for $5 more than the 2GB plan.

Next up is my wife’s account. She barely uses her phone and she had 54 out and 63 in. These are normal people numbers.

Now for my daughter… Oh boy, 2,973 texts in and 2,167 out. In addition, she had 87 multimedia messages.

I used to pay $20/mo to AT&T for my daughter to have unlimited texting, but my wife started text some here and there. $10.00 here and there adds up so we hit up the $30/mo family unlimited plan. I get 200 free with my iPhone plan and I don’t think I ever went over 200… EVER.


Do you text a lot? What age group are you? Is it just teens texting like crazy?