Women, African Americans, Southerners in US talk and text the most

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Washington, Aug 25 (ANI): A survey on cell phone usage across the United States has revealed that women, African Americans and Southerners are the people who talk and text the most.

According to new data released by the Nielsen company, every month, the data-tracking firm goes through phone bills from 60,000 people all over the country.

It breaks down cell phone and text usage by gender, race, age, and even region, with some interesting findings

"Pretty much everyone has a cell phone these days," ABC News quoted Jonathan Carson, CEO of Telecom for Nielsen, as saying.

"We're reaching a point where we'll have more than 100 percent penetration because people carry multiple devices," he stated.

The data revealed that women on the whole are bigger talkers and texters than men, using 22 percent more cell phone minutes than men, and sending 154 more messages per month than the average American man.

It also showed that teens text more than any other group, sending a stunning average of 2,779 texts per month, which comes out to be about eight SMS messages for every waking hour.

Text usage drops off steadily among older age groups, with senior citizens receiving an average of just 30 per month.

Texting has become such a mainstay for teens and children that their usage has even pushed increasing numbers of parents to adopt texting as a way to communicate with their kids.

"People start carrying mobile phones at younger and younger ages, and at this point, tweens-people in the range of 12 to 14, more than half of them are actually now carrying mobile phones," Carson added. (ANI)

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