Text me later!

I recall the days of using AIM, ICQ, and eventually Yahoo Instant Messenger to contact friends online. That, as well as phone calling, has been replaced by text message. Mass texting insanity.

A Nielsen study analyzed the mobile phone use of more than 3000 teens between the ages of 13 and 17 and found that, on average, teenagers send and receive 3,339 texts. In. A. Month.

The study looked at the teens’ cell phone use during the spring, as in, when school was still in session. It would be interesting to know how the rates changed when teens didn’t have silly things like classes occupying their time. 5,000 or more, possibly? Call that crazy.

LG hosted a texting competition in the US and, not surprisingly, a 13-year old girl walked away with the title and a cash prize of $50,000. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Brianna Hendrickson won the competition, in the final round by texting: “Old McDonald had a farm, Ei, ei, oh! And on this farm he had a champ. W/a txtr here, and BFF there. Here a text, there a text, erywhere a text-text!”

Competing against three other female entrants in this final showdown, the reigning LG texting queen tapped out those 148 characters in a mere 60 seconds without cheating, oops, using Swype. Before you start asking, all this tapping and texting was performed on an LG-branded Ally, of course. Brianna’s competition had little chance to beat this texting aficionado as the 13-year old reportedly sends on average 7,000 text messages a month. That is about 233 “Kthanxbai” a day coming from someone who is still in junior high.

I sure hope they have unlimited texting plans!

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)