Saturday, March 24, 2012

14,000 Text Messages A Month

Teen Texting Addiction

When Pennsylvanian 13-year-old Morgan Pozgar won the title of fastest mobile phone text messager in America, she claimed she owed it all to sending 8000 sms messages a month.

Parents shuddered.

But their worst imaginings probably couldn’t prepare them for how 13-year-old Reina Hardesty’s father Greg felt when he opened his daughter’s 400-page mobile phone bill and discovered she had sent 14,528 text messages in just 30 days.

Texting Teenagers

Mr Hardesty worked it out to about one message for every two minutes the New York teen was awake.

His daughter said she messaged a core group of “four obsessive texters” of girls aged 12 and 13 years old which kept her thumbs busy during her conscious hours.

Reina and her friends said they took full advantage of the unlimited text bonus included in their $30 phone plans – even sending messages to each other while they were sitting next to each other.

Woombye teenager Charlie De Deyne and her friend, Chloe Cottee, both 16, admit to being serial texters.

But even they find Reina’s accomplishment hard to take.

“That is ridiculous,” Chloe said.

“How is that even possible?’’

The St Margaret’s Anglican Girls School students said they each send on average 50 text messages a day because they found it a more casual form of communication.

“But it depends on the day and it is included in my pre-paid plan. It is just easier,” Charlie said.

And although Charlie sheepishly admitted to sending a text message to someone in the same classroom as her, much to Chloe’s amusement, she said she still preferred speaking to her friends directly.

The average 13 to 17-year-old will send about 58 messages a day.14,000 texts a month

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