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Nielson just released a study saying that kids aged 13 to 17 send an average of 3,339 texts per month. That's over 100 a day (and that's the average -- what's the high end?).
I know we talked on the phone a lot when we were kids. But what could kids possibly say 100 times per day to the people they’re most likely spending the bulk of that day with anyway? Are they staring each other in the face and texting their thoughts? Here's how I imagine a conversation looks like:
“Thanks, YT (you too)”
“Does my BLF? (butt look fat)”
“I don’t know, walk away from me and I’ll text you.”
“Here I go”
“Nope, still great. TTYL (talk to you later)”
“Sure, PS wanna walk to class together?”
Seriously, once they come home from school or extracurricular activities and do their homework, they probably really need to work to hit that 100-text quota. Let’s not forget the hours teens spend in front of the TV, playing video games, and updating their Facebook pages and other social networking stuff. Texting is like a whole new homework assignment. Until we parents figure out what’s left to say at the end of the day and next, I guess the only thing we can do is make sure to get the unlimited texting plan (otherwise, at 5 cents a pop, 3,339 texts will cost you $166.95).
Do you limit the number of texts your teen can send? Chime in below!