Study: Most Adult Cellphone Users Are Texting

Sep 20, 2011
Originally published on September 21, 2011 2:46 pm
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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

Now by all rights, we really should not tell today's last word in business. Instead, we should just send a text message to your phone.

DAVID GREENE, Host:

The Pew Research Center released a new survey, yesterday, on text messaging. It gives you an idea just how widespread the practice is.

INSKEEP: The vast majority of Americans now own cell phones...

GREENE: And the vast majority of them use text messages, though some people do it more often than others, especially younger people.

INSKEEP: People between the age of 18 and 24, according to the survey, send on average about 110 messages per day.

GREENE: And many of them say if you're going to contact them, a text message is preferable to an actual voice call. Don't talk. Text. That's the business news...

INSKEEP: David? David?

GREENE: Yes, sir?

INSKEEP: Send me a message about that, will you?

GREENE: I'll send you a message, Steve. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.