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Adults Sending More And More Text Messages

September 4, 2010

A new survey from the Pew Research Center shows that even though more and more US adults are texting, they are not sending as many messages a day on the mobile phones as teenagers.

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project conducted the survey of 2,252 adult cellphone users and 800 teenagers between ages 12 and 17 in May of 2010 and found that 72 percent of American adults send and receive text messages, up from 65 percent a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the survey found that 87 percent of teenagers sent text messages, averaging 50 messages a day, 5 times more than the average 10 text messages a day by adults, Pew said.

“Texting among adults has reached the mainstream,” said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at Pew and author of the report. “Of course, none of these adult groups hold a candle to teens when it comes to texting.”

The survey found that 82 percent of American adults now have a mobile phone, up from 65 percent in 2004.

While more Americans may own cellphones, they also have mixed feelings about them, the survey found.

Nine in ten people said their mobile phone makes them feel safer while 42 percent said they get irritated when they are interrupted by a call or text. Fifty-seven percent say they receive unwanted or spam texts on their devices and 86 percent said they find it rude when people check their phones repeatedly during meetings or conversations.

The survey’s margin of error for the adult group was plus or minus two percentage points, while the margin of error for teenagers was plus or minus four percentage points.

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