Adult Cell Phone Users Prefer Voice Calls to Text Messages

September 21, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Texting is a paradigm of convenience for both the sender and the receiver, right? But the American adults do not totally agree!

A survey conducted as a part of Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project shows that 53% of the adult mobile users prefer voice calls to text messages.

And, the young adults are by far the most active users of text messaging.

Around three quarters of the adults who own a mobile device, accounting for 83% of the total adult population, send and receive text messages. But only 31% prefer texting over voice calling.

Around 14% of the 2277 people of 18 years and older who took part in the survey refused to pick sides and said that the contact method depends on the situation.

Also about 55% percent of the users who exchange more than 50 messages a day prefer texting.

Mobile phone owners of the age group 18-24 send or receive an average of 109.5 messages on a normal day, and a typical or median owner exchanges about 50 messages per day.

The numbers which have come up in the survey conducted between April 26 and May 22 this year are not hugely different from the survey results of 2010. Text messaging users on an average exchange 41.5 messages and 12 calls on a normal day.

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You can read more about the survey here.

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