Larry Rosen of CNN writes

According to Nielsen Mobile, in the first quarter of 2009, the average U.S. teen made and received an average of 191 phone calls and sent and received 2,899 text messages per month. By the third quarter, the number of texts had jumped to a whopping 3,146 messages per month, which equals more than 10 texts per every waking non-school hour. (At the beginning of 2007, those numbers were 255 phone calls and 435 text messages.) Preteens sent and received 1,146 texts per month.

He then makes the point: “My daughter doesn’t answer her phone because to her, it is no longer a phone.” He calls them the “iGeneration”.

The iGeneration never knew a world without always-on, always-present communication channels. These days a good phone is not one with good call quality – it’s the one that has fast, easy access to Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. The figures above show that the texting tops calling by a factor of over 10:1.

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