Texting teens prefer keyboard over voice calls [Infographic]

There’s a joke that goes, “Is there anything more dangerous than an old person behind the wheel?” It’s a bit harsh, but perhaps the answer is yes. There is. Teenagers who are driving while texting on their phones are probably just as dangerous, if not more, than someone whose eyesight and reaction times aren’t quite what they used to be.

It’s not that voice calling is any safer, but it seems that text messaging has taken over for teens in a big way. According to research conducted by Lab 42, 71% of Americans aged 13 – 21 prefer text messaging over voice calls. Only 2% of respondents admitted to texting and driving, which seems remarkably low, but who are we to judge who’s lying and telling the truth in these social-networking surveys?

About 57% of respondents said they spend 1 to 30 minutes, on average, on the phone each week, which isn’t a great deal of time. In fact, what would be otherwise idle chatter over the phone is conducted via text messages, and making plans with friends comes in at a close second when it comes to what teens chat about via SMS.

Check out the infographic below to get all the details about teen texting and phone usage habits.

[Via: Mashable]

  • I
    think we live in a culture where business people need to ‘hit the ball
    over the net’.  Teens consider it rude not to reply immediately to
    texts.  Home schedules would grind to a halt without immediate
    communication.  We are conditioned to pursue this level of efficiency
    but we are all supposed cease this behavior once we sit in our
    respective 5,000 pound pieces of steel and glass.  Anyone can win an
    argument in a forum like this by saying “Just put the phone away” – but
    we can see its just not happening.

    just read that 72% of teens text daily – many text more 4000 times a
    month.  New college students no longer have email addresses!  They use
    texting and Facebook – even with their professors.   This text and drive
    issue is in its infancy and I think we need to do more than legislate.

    decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year
    old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting
    driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the
    user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS
    based texting auto reply app for smartphones.  It also silences call
    ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled. I think if
    we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now
    and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER app

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