I saw a news report this morning that said the typical teen sends and receives some 3,800 texts every month. 3,800 texts!!
But when you break it down, what seems like an enormous number
starts to feel a bit more reasonable -- about 126 texts a day. That's still a lot, but not outrageous. It's in the range of how many emails I get on a typical work day.
I remember back several years ago, when I got a new cellphone that had texting capabilities. Why would I ever want to text, I thought at the time. Then I saw how helpful texting could be. I was meeting a friend after work at a music club downtown, and she was late. I happened to glance at my phone and I noticed I had a text message. Up to this point, the only texts I ever received were from AT&T Wireless giving me an update on my cellular account and from one other friend who had been trying to prod me into the 21st century. But here was a text from my friend saying she was in the cab and would be there in 5 minutes.
Amazing! I didn't have email capability on that old phone, and even if I did, I might not have been checking emails. But the text popped up on the screen, giving me the information I needed.
I gradually began texting, at first mostly in reply to someone else's texts to me. But now I'm a bonafide texter (never when behind the wheel, of course) and texts are my primary means of communication with some people. If I call or email my son, it could take 3 - 4 days or more to get a response. Send him a text and I almost always get a prompt repsonse. It's the same with many other people I know.
In a client meeting last week, I got a text. Turns out, it was from the person sitting across the table from me, sending me a private comment on the discussion taking place in front of us.
So now, although I'm a long long way from the teen average of 126 texts a day, I get several texts daily. Thankfully, I'm still quite a distance from text overload.