All of our Starlings Coaches do not allow our athletes to have out or use their cell phones during practice. So far we have not had any troubles with cell phone usage at Starlings Events. But I have heard several parents talking about how their daughter’s cell phone usage seems to be getting out of control. Especially concerning text messaging. I have hear parents complain about 2000 to 3000 text messages a month. So I wanted to let you know that things are not all that bad. How about an Orange County teen who racked up over 14,000 text messages in a single month.
From the KTLA.com
LAKE FOREST — OMG! An Orange County teenager has taken texting to a whole new level, sending over 14,000 text messages in one month.
The teen’s dad, Greg Hardesty, a reporter with the Orange County Register, said he was “speechless” after he received the 440 page bill.
Hardesty says his daughter, 13-year-old Reina, sent the messages between November 27th and December 26th.
Luckily, Hardesty has unlimited texting on his AT&T plan. Without the special feature, his daughter’s bill would be a whopping $2,905.60.
Reina admits 14,528 text messages could be described as “excessive” but she says they weren’t all hers.
“I get a lot of annoying forwards and multimedia messages that I just delete.” Incoming messages and outgoing messages both count toward the total.
Hardesty’s two other daughters, 22-year-old Hana, and 24-year-old Marina, had texting marathons of their own.
Hana sent out 7,100 texts during the same time and Marina sent a modest 700, by comparison.
“Texting has become more and more popular, growing at a spectacular rate.
Text messaging is now hard-wired into our culture. It’s in our DNA, particularly among young people,” according to AT&T spokesperson Katie Keating.
According to a 2008 Nielsen study, teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 “text more than any other demographic group” clocking up an average of 1,742 texts a month.
The study of 50,000 cell phone users showed that on-average, “each user sends 357 texts a month versus 204 voice calls a month.”
To be fair, Reina’s dad says he also loves text messaging, admitting to sending about 900 texts a month — that’s 700 more than the average for people his age.
Reina, by the way, has been banned from texting after dinner.
While I don’t understand the texting craze myself, apparently our kids aren’t that unusual, if about 1700 texts a month is average. I know my daughter is definitely dragging down the average. But I’m not complaining mind you.
By the Way - I do not have a texting plan on my phone, so don’t send me any text messages. I would rather just talk to you. Or, there is always - email.