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Just How Many Texts do Young Adults Send Per Day?

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"if there's no immediacy or required intimacy to a call, I feel like it's better left as a text."

Unlimited texting plans come in handy for 18-to-24-year-olds. According to a recent survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, this age group holds the most active texters, exchanging an average of 109.5 texts per day. That's 3,200 per month.

Although texting rules the roost in this age group, the majority of Americans still report preferring a call over texts, but not by much at 53 percent. As the current 18-24 generation gets older, it is expected that this number will drop in favor of texting. Gizmodo's Kyle Wagner sums up his personal sentiment of why texting is superior in most cases:

There's obviously a place for phone calls. Catching up with family, long-distance relationships, letting the family of the heiress you're ransoming know you're serious—some situations call for, well, a call. But if there's no immediacy or required intimacy to a call, I feel like it's better left as a text.

Those considered "heavy texters" -- 50 texts or more per day -- are 55 percent more likely to choose texting over calls.

With 83 percent of Americans owning a cellphone, the average user makes 12 calls per day and sends 41.5 texts. These 2011 results show little variation from the same survey conducted in 2010.

[H/T PC World]

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