While cell phones have become nearly ubiquitous in American society, fewer and fewer people, especially young people, are actually using them to talk.
Most adults still use their phones for calls, averaging five voice calls a day, according to a recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project.
But texting is gaining ground. Some 72 percent of adults send and receive text messages, but 87 percent of teenage users text. Teens average 50 text messages a day, according to the Pew report.
My youngest son is NOT an average user.
Our Verizon bill includes phones for my wife, a college student and a high-schooler.
My wife has her phone off as much as she has it on. She spent 256 minutes talking on her cell last month. She also sent a measly 28 texts.
But the two boys treat their cell phones like a lifeline. Their phones are almost always on. The college student logged 651 voice minutes last month (out-of-state girlfriend) and sent 361 texts
The high-schooler spent 158 minutes talking and sent -- brace yourself -- 10,907 texts!
I can't imagine sending that many texts, and I type for a living.
The other day I saw a woman waiting for her food at a local restaurant. She held one phone to her ear with her shoulder and was texting with a second phone at the same time.
My life should be so interesting!