What A Wild Ride!

Texting is now the preferred method of communication of nearly one in three U.S. adult cell phone owners.

According to Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, 31% of U.S. cell phone owners would rather be contacted via text instead of talking on their phones.

Granted, a majority (53%) still prefer voice calls to texting, but how long before people have to be reminded that, you know, you can make calls on those things.

Overall, the Pew survey found that 83% of American adults own cell phones and 73% of them actively text. Pew interviewed 2,277 adults ages 18 and older in April and May.

Thanks to my provocative headline, I know you’ve been dying to find out which group of Americans texts the most. I’ve strung you along enough. The answer is…

America’s seniors!

Kidding, of course. It’s actually young adults. According to Pew, “Cell owners between the ages of 18 and 24 exchange an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day—that works out to more than 3,200 texts per month—and the typical or median cell owner in this age group sends or receives 50 messages per day (or 1500 messages per month).”

In contrast, Americans ages 65 and older exchange 4.7 messages a day. And then take a nap.

Even the next-youngest demographic — ages 25 to 34 — text less than half as much as our youngest and textingest adults, averaging 41.8 messages on a normal day.

OK, so we know who America’s biggest texters are. Who are its biggest cell phone talkers? It’s those crazy kids again! The 18 to 29 age group averages 17.1 cell phone voice calls in a typical day, ahead of 14.5 a day by runner-up age group 30 to 49.