Americans Text Usage: Texts Sent Daily

American Text Usage: Texts Sent Daily

Text message use and taking pictures is the most common use of a cell phone other than talking, according to a new study by Pew.  73% of adult cell owners use the text message function on their cell phones.

Americans average 41.5 text messages per day sent or received.  That is a slight increase over the study from 2010, but a significant increase over the use of text messaging from 2009.  So, it appears as though the use of text messages is starting to level out a bit.

texts sent/recieved per day

When it comes to text messaging, the younger you are, the more likely you are to be an avid use of text messges.  That should come as no surprise.  And, while older Americans are starting to text more, the numbers of text messages used by young adults and teens is staggering.  95% of those 18 to 29 use text messaging on their phones and these users send and receive an average of 87.7 text messages per day.

Of those 18 to 24, the average is 109.5 text messages per day, double the number for 25-34-year-olds and 23 times greater than those 65+.

texts sent/recieved by age group

African-Americans use the most amount of text messages per month.  Those with lower income levels use texting more.  And, finally smartphone users text more than traditional cell phone users.

demographic breakdown of texts

Of those who text a lot, they continue to prefer to be contacted via text message as opposed to via an actual phone call.

preferred contact method text