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Older girls are the most active texters, with 14-17 year-old girls typically sending and receiving 100 text messages a day, or more than 3000 texts a month.
In general, a little more than one-fifth of teens who text (22%) send and receive between 1-10 texts a day (i.e. Younger boys are the most likely to text in this manner.
Girls text more than boys do; girls who text typically send and receive 80 texts a day, boys send and receive 30.
Older teens text more than younger ones: Teens ages 12-13 who text send and receive 20 texts a day, while high school-age teens typically send and receive 60 text messages a day.
‘Making ‘080’ numbers free from all telephones including mobile phones is excellent news since it’s rarely practical to redial from a landline to avoid charges for what are generally assumed to be ‘free phone’ numbers,’ he said ‘Greater cost transparency and simplicity of charging is badly needed in the landline and mobile phone sector.
We regularly hear from consumers who are confronted with charges on their phone bill that they were unaware of.’ Consequently, a householder dialling an 0845 number, for example, would know what their own service charges to make that call and would then add the fee imposed by the business they are trying to reach to get a total figure.‘Many consumers, either perplexed by or unaware of the costs involved, have taken a punt on calling high rate or non-geographical numbers hoping they won’t be hung out to dry when their bills come in.’ Currently, many GP surgeries and advice lines use 0845 numbers where they collect part of the cost of the call to subsidise their activities.
The chapter is broken into four parts that analyze: 1) the role of texting in teens’ lives; 2) the role of cell voice calling in teens’ lives; 3) the way texting and cell voice calling fit into the larger scheme of teen communication patterns; and 4) the other activities that teens perform on their ever-more-sophisticated handheld devices.
The typical text messaging teen sends and receives 50 texts a day, or 1500 text messages a month.A middle school boy in the focus groups enthused, “The best thing about [the cell phone] is social, texting.” Overall, 72% of all teens ages 12-17 send and receive text messages, and 88% of teens with cell phones text.Since 2006, text messaging has increased significantly from 51% of teens who were text users.While white texting teens typically send and receive 50 texts a day, black teens who text typically send and receive 60 texts and English-speaking Hispanic teens send and receive just 35.The mean number of text messages are similar for these groups (whites average 111 texts a day, blacks 117, and Hispanics 112), suggesting that black teens have a slightly higher baseline level of texting than whites or Hispanics.