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The nation’s 270 million cellphone subscribers each sent out an average of 407 text messages in 2008, according to government statistics released yesterday by the Census Bureau. That is more than double the 188 messages sent by the average cell subscriber in 2007. The figures did not break down the texting by age, but the overall numbers understate the thousands of texts sent each month by many teens - balanced out by older folks who do not text as much.
Her research found the average teen currently sends more than 2,000 text messages per month. About two-thirds of all teens use text messaging, mostly due to its simplicity as well as the privacy of being able to communicate without being overheard.