US & Worldwide Texting Trends
- Texting has surpassed email, phone, and face-to-face conversation as the main communication vehicle for 12-17 year olds: 1) Adults (18+) - 10 texts/day; 2) Boys (14-17) - 30 texts/day; 3) Girls (14-17) - 100 texts/day.
*US data only.
- 15% of teens have received a sexually suggestive nude or nearly nude multimedia text from someone they know.
- General US population (age 10+): 1) 10-25 years old - 24%; 2) 25-35 years old - 16%; 3) Over 35 years old - 6%.
- Text messages in the United States: 1) 10-25 years old - 25%; 2) 25-35 years old - 25%; 3) Over 35 years old - 50%.
- Although 25-35 year-olds make up a small portion of the population, they make up a disproportionately large amount of the total text message users in the country.
- 200.000 auto accidents in the US every year are attributed to texting while driving.
- Cell phone owners who admit to texting while driving: 1) Teens (14-17) - Yes (34%); 2) Adults (18+) - Yes (47%).
- For about $40, parents can download a system called Textecution, which disables a phone's texting and Internet when the phone's owner is travelling at 10 mph or faster.
- Messages sent per mobile subscriber per month: 1) In 2003: Philippines - 195; S. Korea - 120; Japan - 109; Singapore - 97; Ireland - 79; Malta - 74; Croatia - 72; Denmark - 72; Indonesia - 68; Norway - 65; USA - 13; 2) In 2009:
Philippines - 600; USA - 420.
* SMS statistics vary widely by source, but the trends and comparisons are generally consistent.
- Perhaps the most famous text-message breakup is credited to former Finnish Prime Minister, Matti Vanhanen, who allegedly dumped his girlfriends via SMS, making headlines worldwide.
- 1992. The first use of SMS was allegedly in December 1992 by 22-year-old Neil Papworth, an engineer who used a computer to send the text message, "Merry Christmas" via Vodafone.
- 1995. Three years later, as phone providers started supporting SMS, customers sent an average of 0.4 messages per month.
- By 2009, 5 million SMS messages were being sent annually worldwide.
By @shanenow for Mashable | Sources: Reuters; New York Times; CTIA.org; UPI.com; Pew Research; Kvue.com; Matzav.com; Portio Research.