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 That, as well as phone calling, has been replaced by text message.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!”

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