Cell Phone Culture Breeds Security, Irritation, Study Finds
Adults are texting more than ever before, but not nearly as much as teenagers, and more people are getting annoyed with the frequency of it, a report from the Pew Research Center finds.The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project's "Cell Phones and American Adults" report found that grownups are catching up with the tech-savvy younger generation when it comes to text messaging: Some 72 percent of adult cell phone users send and receive text messages now, up from 65 percent in September 2009. In comparison, the study found fully 87 percent of teen cell users text. Teens text 50 messages a day on average, five times more than the typical 10 text messages sent and received by adults per day. The study found African-American and English-speaking Hispanics are more likely to own a cell phone and to use their handset more intensively than their white counterparts, with 87 percent of African-Americans and English-speaking Hispanics owning cell phones, compared to 80 percent of whites. Twelve percent of African-Americans and 14 percent of English-speaking Hispanics make and receive more than 30 calls a day on their mobile phones, while only 4 percent of whites report placing and receiving that many calls. The report noted African-American and Hispanic texters typically send and receive 10 texts a day; whites who text typically send and receive five texts a day.
"Texting among adults has reached the mainstream and the charge is being led by African-Americans, Hispanics and young adults," said Amanda Lenhart, senior research specialist at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project and author of the report. "Of course, none of these adult groups hold a candle to teens when it comes to texting, who swamp adults in messages sent per day by a factor of five."