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Sunday, October 16, 2011

Text message or phone call?

A recent study by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project Almost discovered that one-third of U.S. adults prefer to be reached by text message rather than a voice call on their mobile phone,.

Today three-quarters (73 percent) of U.S. adults text and 83% of U.S. adults are mobile phone owners.
The study found that when it comes to a preferred method of contact, 31 percent of adults would choose a text message, 51 percent would choose a voice call and 14 percent say it depends on the situation. 55 percent of heavy texters — those who exchange fifty messages or more a day — prefer texting to talking.

Young adults between 18-24 text most frequently, sending, on average, 109.5 messages each day or 3,200 texts each month. The average mobile phone user in that group sends or receives fifty texts each day or 1,500 texts each month.
The findings also reveal that mobile usage has leveled off among the U.S. adult population. These statistics are very similar to 2010′s results. On average, 41.5 texts are sent or received on a given day. The average adult sends or receives ten texts each day. Cell phone users make or receive twelve calls on average each day.

I’ve asked my students to post in specific classes 4 times per week. Some have complained that this is an excessive amount. 
Come on these are just tweets or text messages…4 week is nothing!   

The survey polled 2,277 adults over age 18, between April 26 and May 22. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 2.3 percent and plus or minus 2.7 percent among mobile phone users.
Which do you prefer?

A phone call?
A text message?

An email?
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