Curious about the popularity of texting? Vlingo, a company that provides mobile applications that translate voice to text, has released a study on consumer text messaging habits. The survey was administered independently by Common Knowledge Research Services and sent to 4,820 people living in the U.S.
Here are some of the key points in the findings:
- Teens and 20-somethings are the biggest texting age groups, with 85 percent of each group reporting that they text. Across all generations, 55 percent of mobile phone users said they send text messages. The more interesting fact: 42 percent of all respondents said they make just as many text messages (or more) as they do phone calls.
- 34 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 19 said they send 500+ text messages a month.
- About 28 percent of mobile phone users admit to driving while texting. When you look at people in their 20s, that number jumps to 52 percent. Teenagers aren't that much better, with 50 percent saying they text while driving.
- In Florida, 25 percent of respondents admitted to texting while driving. South Carolina scored the highest, with 40 percent of people admitting to texting while driving.
- Of the 45 percent on consumers who said they don't use phones to send texts, 30 percent said it was because it was too difficult to type on a phone. Forty percent said it was because it takes too long to send a text, and 44 percent said it was too expensive.
Since Vlingo is behind this study, they also asked people if they would be interested in using a service where you could speak into the phone and have the words translated into text. About 48 percent said they would send more text messages if they could just speak the message, and 64 percent said they were willing to pay for that service.
I don't think I'd use a service like that since I have a full QWERTY keyboard on my phone. Only 10.7 percent of respondents said they had a full QWERTY keypad, and 88.9 percent said they had 12 numeric keys. Touch screen keyboards made up 2.8 percent of those surveyed.
Click here to download the full PDF report.