Cell phones have, for the last few years, been seeing a huge rise in use. It's easy to see why, too, since they allow us to stay in contact with each other no matter where you might happen to be. An interesting side effect, however, has been the rise in texting over the past few years. Rather than taking the time to call people for full conversations, many prefer to send quick text messages to their friends, family, and coworkers. The question: Are adults texting more than teens?
According to most people, teens tend to be more likely to use their phones to send text messages than adults. This statement seems to make sense at first glance given that teens are still in school. A text message, obviously, is less likely to be noticed by a teacher than picking up the phone and talking. The numbers even seem to bear this belief out if you simply look at percentages. Roughly 75 percent of teens tend to use text messages, after all, and the number for all adults is much lower. However, if you're willing to dig a little bit deeper, you'll notice that something rather interesting happens to those numbers.
First of all, it's a good idea to separate things into age groups. Teens, obviously, occupy the 12 to 17 age group and 75% of them use their cell phones for texting. According to a survey conducted in 2011 from May to July, an average teen will send about 60 text messages over the course of a day. Adults, however, can be broken into several different age groups. To keep things simple and somewhat fair, however, we'll just take a look at one group. Specifically, we'll look at adults aged 18 to 29.
Often referred to as "young adults", this group alone tends to do more texting than teenagers do. A startling 97% of young adults who own cell phones use them to send text messages. According to a survey that lasted from April to May in 2011, they also tend to do more texting per day than teens at a whopping 87.7 average texts per day. Just for the sake of complete information, this is three times as many as the next age group up and almost twenty times as many as those sent by adults 65 and older. The reason for this is easy to figure out with a bit of thought.
Unlike teens, most young adults are working and paying their own bills. They're more likely, therefore, to want to get as much use as possible out of their cell phones. In addition, texting can be even more useful in the workplace than in classrooms. If you're working in a large store, for example, you don't want to have to walk all over the place looking for a coworker to ask for help. Since most companies don't want to pay the money to give everyone that works there a radio, text messages are the perfect solution for the problem of how to communicate swiftly with coworkers. You just type your question, hit send, and get a response within a minute or two. The company saves on radios, you're not wasting time walking around, and everyone wins.
The other fairly obvious reason is that young adults, the most frequent senders of text messages, were teens when cell phones first started becoming popular. A few years ago, after all, they were already using cell phones to send text messages. Simple mathematics, therefore, demand that as those teens age the number of adult texters will rise. This is the main, and simplest, reason for the growing trend of adults texting more often than teens. The best part is that this is a trend which will, instead of slowing down, simply continue to go faster and faster over time as more teens become adults.
This is just another reason why it's always good to look just a little bit deeper when people make blanket statements. As mentioned before, it's easy to simply say that 75% of teens sending text messages is higher than the percentage of adults doing the same. However, once you take even the slightest peak into the math of that statement, the numbers tend to quickly point the opposite direction. So, there's no reason to feel odd if you're an adult sending text messages instead of picking up the phone and making a call. Just remember, the rest of us are doing the exact same thing.