Feeds

American teens love texting

Catching up with world+dog

Build a business case: developing custom apps

For years, Americans were bemused by the rest of the world's obsession with texting. After all, they had free local calls on their landlines, unlike elsewhere, and sucky cell phone calling plans.

These days, SMS messages cost no more than anywhere else - and America's teenagers are fast catching up with their overseas counterparts in their obsession for texting.

In its latest study of Americana, the Pew Research Center proclaims that cell phone texting is now the preferred channel of basic communication between teens and their friends, with cell calling a close second.

One in three teens send more than 100 texts a day - and presumably this percentage will rise. Some 75 per cent of America's 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, up from 45 per cent in 2004. That looks a bit on the low side from a UK perspective - where just about every teenager has a mobe.

Girls are more text-chatty than boys, typically sending and receiving 80 text a days, while boys send and receive 30.

Mobile phones are the latest family battlefield, with most parents exerting ""some measure of control over their child's mobile phone - limiting its uses, checking its contents and using it to monitor the whereabouts of their offspring". Paranoia rules everywhere.

Pew Research summary
Pew Research report

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.