New research showing that the average teenager sends and receives 3,339 cell phone texts a month -- more than 100 per day -- doesn't surprise many American parents. These include some people whose text-centric cell phone bills total 300 pages and are delivered in a box.
But it isn't just teens who are communicating via the abbreviated word. A Nielsen Co. survey released last month found that adults ages 45 to 54 texted much more and talked less in the second quarter of this year, compared to the same period in 2009. The information was gleaned from the cell phone bills of 60,000 users of varying ages and a survey of 3,000 teens. Likewise, a Pew Research Center study found that 72 percent of adults sent or received text messages in May this year, compared with 65 percent in September 2009.