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A study reported by the New York Times comes up with some numbers related to text messaging usage. According to them, in the US 82 percent of cellphone owners say that they never use text messaging, 3 percent use it monthly, and 15 percent use it […]

A study reported by the New York Times comes up with some numbers related to text messaging usage. According to them, in the US 82 percent of cellphone owners say that they never use text messaging, 3 percent use it monthly, and 15 percent use it weekly or more often. If you’ve ever watched a teenage cellphone user, you know that some of those 15 percent use it a lot more.

These numbers suggest that the extra charge for text messaging on the iPhone 3G might not matter all that much. Annoyingly, the original survey doesn’t seem to be available anywhere, making it tough to evaluate the reliability of these figures. So let’s check with the web workers: do you use text messaging? Or is it one of those bits of technology that you can easily do without?

  1. I have arthritis in my hands/fingers and therefore no desire to text message anyone. I’ve sent 0 “txt msgs” in my life, and received maybe 6 to 8 – which works to less than .5 messages a year.

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  2. I text about once a month, and get 2-3 a month. I’m 33 and a total tech geek and gadget guy. But I just don’t *get* texting. Just call me. Or email me.

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  3. Are you kidding me?
    I text daily….

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  4. Daily text. Last month, 987 msgs. How would I know? I’m on a 200msg plan. (Ouch!!!)

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  5. Here in Europe it is use *a lot* especially by the Y generation. It is not uncommon to have friends who send over 1000 msg per month (no kidding).
    Some package offer free SMS which means that young girls/guys use it instead of calling.

    Also, many services are built and apreciated to alert (“We received your order. You can come and pick it up at our store.”)….

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  6. if you want to compare:

    http://www.allo.ch/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=20115

    1 CHF = 1.03 USD

    (Plan for the IPhone = expensive SMS)

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  7. I get some reminders via text message but don’t send them at all.

    SB

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  8. I have love for the Text. I communicate with a LOT of people via text. I also have a teenager who sends me messages. And I use Twitter to promote my various writings (and yes, I get results from that…hehehe)

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  9. Definitely weekly, at a minimum. Most of my texts fall into two categories:
    1. Informational: Sending someone an address, phone number, driving directions, etc so they don’t have to take notes.

    2. Questions where I want text back, such as asking for a phone number, or to Google for local weather forecasts, flight informations, check movie times, game scores, etc etc.

    Could I easily do without it… I use it for the convenience factor, but could easily do without.

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  10. Every ASHM mom I know is converting to text messages for rapid communication across the city. We only get to our emails in the evening; we can reach our husbands without majorly disrupting them; we don’t have to get off with an “Uh oh, I’ve got to go.” Now that I’ve switched to messaging, I prefer it. It’s just enough of a pain in the neck that the message I get are to the point – and easier to deal with.

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