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12 March 2012 4 Comments
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Mobile Data Usage Statistics

DID YOU KNOW:

  • Teens ages 13 to 17 use on average 320MB of data per month?
  • Adults ages 25-34 use on average 578MB of data per month?

A study by Nielson analyzed mobile data from 65,000 U.S. subscribers. Smartphone users using mobile internet has increased 45% this year. Take a look around. Before the iPhone revolution, who among the people you know had smartphones? Very few people I imagine.

Mobile Data Usage Infographic

Teens & Texting: Where are Thou Social Skills?

We’ve had many article here following the incredible growth of text usage among teenagers. During Q3 of 2011, female teens had reached 3,952 texts per month. Male teens were at a “paltry” 2,815 per month. It wasn’t long ago that I was fine with a 200 txt msg plan! Not anymore.

Some people argue that social networks and easy communication access is lowering children’s ability to socially connect with others. Well this latest crop of statistics show that voice minute usage is dropping among teens. it dropped 17% year over year as they opt to text as it is faster and easier. An older poll from 2011 of 500 social networking Americans between ages 13 to 21, showed that 71% of the respondents preferred texting to phone calling. Ok, confession time. I would fall in that category as well. It is indeed easier and quicker, but do you think it has an adverse affect? Will it hurt social abilities and limit experiences for children and teens who grow up texting, talking online, messaging on Facebook, and IMing on gchat. I would argue, yes it would have an effect, though it may not be obvious or all that dramatic at first. I’ve worked with enough college students and youths to know, it could potentially become a problem.

  • What do you think?

Mobile Texting Statistics for Teens

  • 45% of teens send at least 30 texts a day
  •  54% of teens say they are just “chatting”
  •  14% text in class
  •  17% text while riding in a car
  •  10% text during a movie
  • Teens Ages 13-17 average 3417 text messages per month
  • Equivalent to 7 texts per every waking hour
  • 18-25: 1,914 texts per hour
  • 25-34: 928 texts per hour
  • 95% use phone for online gaming
  • 66% use to stream music

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Teen Cell Phone Usage Statistics Infographic

Teen Texting Statistics Infographic

Infographic Courtesy of OnlineSchools

4 Comments »

  • Samantha said:

    The only time that I use a lot is when I stream Netflix movies through the phone network. Netflix movies are about 100 MB each! A smartphone is also capable of using a wi-fi network when possible. If you use wi-fi when it is available (it is faster than 3G), then it is easy to stay under 2GB per month in data use.

  • Lanaya said:

    This is really great, having tracks with data that you child is on.. Thanks for the info! :)

  • Cindy said:

    This levels can reach very high numbers in many cases. Imagine downloading just one video game of 1gb and few Mp3’s !

    For sure many teens do this things.

  • Charmaine said:

    I typically use less than 2GB per month. The only time that I use a lot is when I stream Netflix movies through the phone network. Netflix movies are about 100 MB each! A smartphone is also capable of using a wi-fi network when possible. If you use wi-fi when it is available (it is faster than 3G), then it is easy to stay under 2GB per month in data use.

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