What if our kids were raised as we were. remember the good ole days when if we were caught not doing our homework we paid for it, or if we were doing anything in class other than listening to the teacher, we got the strap, then faced it again at home when dad got home....
read below, article came from PC World
Surprise, Surprise, Teens Text More Than Anyone Else
Teens send, on average, six texts an hour for every hour they're awake--an 8 percent increase over last year.The popular perception that teens are texting up a storm is more than just perception. It's a fact. The Proactive set send, on average, six texts an hour for every hour they're awake--an 8 percent increase over last year.
"Teen males also outpace other male age groups, sending and receiving an average of 2,539 texts," it continued. "Young adults (age 18-24) come in a distant second, exchanging 1,630 texts per month (a comparatively meager three texts per hour)."
Not surprisingly, Nielsen pollsters were told by 43 percent of the teens surveyed that the number one reason they wanted a mobile phone was for texting. That was followed by safety (35 percent), keeping in touch with friends (34 percent), keeping in touch with family (26 percent) and always being available (22 percent).
As might be expected, all that thumb calisthenics has cut down on teens' gab time. No one but geezers over 55 years old spend less time making voice calls than teens, who averaged 646 minutes during the quarter--a 16 percent dip from last year--with chicks (753 minutes) burning more minutes than dudes (525 minutes).
Teens' data usage is also growing rapidly, Nielsen found. Although
still behind young adults in data consumption, usage by the demographic group grew to 64MB in the quarter from 14MB during the same period last year. Data consumption by guys during the period increased to 75MB from 17MB; for gals, to 53MB from 11MB.
Teens are also downloading more apps for their phones, Nielsen discovered. "Software downloads among teen subscribers who use apps enjoyed a solid 12 percent increase in activity versus last year, from 26 to 38 percent," it said. "This includes popular apps such as Facebook, Pandora or YouTube."