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If you end up going straight to voicemail when calling up a friend or co-worker, it doesn't necessarily mean their phone is dead or even that they're unavailable. They could be screening calls. According to a recent study, nearly a third of Adult Americans would rather text message back and forth than actually speak on their mobile device.
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project discovered that around 8 out of 10 (83 percent) adult Americans own cell phones, and of those, 73 percent send and receive text messages. Out of that 73 percent, nearly a third (31 percent) say they'd rather text than talk.
Not surprisingly, "young adults are far and away the most active users of texting messaging." Their numbers hang way above other demographic groups, with 95 percent of 18-29 year olds saying they use their phones for texting. These users send or receive an average of 87.7 text messages on any given day.
The lower the age group the more text messages there are flying back and forth. Pew Research found that 18-24 year olds swap 109.5 text messages per day, or more than 3,200 per month.
You can read the full report here (PDF).