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Texting vs. calling: Study shows adults prefer to text

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 4:44pm

UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 5:28pm

Gone is the day where cell phones are only used for calling people.

A new study shows more adults prefer to send or receive a text message over communicating with a phone call.

Younger adults (go figure) are more likely to text than older ones, and while some think this means we are slowly losing our communication skills, others think it's not such a bad thing.

"Communication has evolved overtime, and we are seeing the evolution happen much more quickly these days with the emergence of new technologies," said Laura Krantz, communications department chair at Tyler Junior College. "Texting is what we do now. Ten years ago, five years ago, it was different. And five years from now, it may be something else."

According to researchers, 73 percent of Americans with a cell phone use text messaging.

Adults ages 18 to 24 are the most likely, with an average of 110 messages a day.

Even further ... those who exchange more than 50 a day would rather receive a text than a call.

So what does this all mean? Is the spoken phone conversation dying? Are people going to forget how to socialize the old-fashioned way?

"I think people still know how to socialize, they are just communicating in a different way," Krantz said. "We always see communications changing with the technology. From back in the early days of radio, to television, there is always going to be these naysayers who say this new technology is going to end society as we know it, but that is not the case. "

The study showed that overall, the level of voice calls stayed the same from last year's report, but the younger generation continues to type in their thoughts.

More on the report here.
 

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