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4 out of 5 People Texting, Pew Finds

Published on November 27, 2012

80% of American cellphone owners are texting, up from 57% in 2007, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Credit goes to the New York Times Bits Blog for spotting the stat first.

The new report confirms what we speculated in an earlier blog post, that “rumors of texting’s demise are greatly exaggerated.”

A few weeks ago, independent analyst Chetan Sharma published a report that text messaging had declined for the first time ever. In reality, people aren’t texting less, they’re simply texting differently, using applications like iMessage (and SimpleTexting) to text outside their carrier’s messaging plans.

The Pew Study also found that a staggering 97% of 18- to 29-year-olds with cells text, with 92% of adults 30-49 texting as well.


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