I clearly remember a few years ago when my wife said (proudly), “I don’t text.”
That was when she had a phone without a keypad. Now, she loves texting. We communicate/coordinate/touch base with one another through texting. The fact is, texting is a convenient, concise and very user-friendly mode of communication.
And teen girls between the ages of 14-17 seem to agree as the latest data shows that this demographic is now sending approximately 100 text messages per day.
That’s 700 per week.
That’s 3,000 per month.
That’s around 36,000 per year.
And what does that tell us?
1) Get your kid an unlimited texting plan or you are going to pay through the wazoo!
2) Fill in your own blank. If you want to view these numbers through a sour P.O.V. you certainly have the ammo to rail against the influence of hand-held media devices on the youth of today. On the other hand, if you see the upside of new literacies and want to make a case for the role of embracing these tools into the modern day classroom (as opposed to outlawing their use) you certainly have a few arrows in your quiver as well.