Parents Say Text Messaging Kids Improves Communication: Study
A survey commissioned by
Cingular this summer found that among 1,175 parents, nearly 50% said
their children introduced them to text messaging, and 63% said it
had improved communication with their child.
"You know if you show up in person, you may get the cold shoulder," said Naomi Baron, a professor of linguistics at American University. "But you know that maybe if you communicate in their medium, you may get their attention."
According to a texting tutorial released by Cingular Wireless and clinical psychologist Ruth Peters last summer, text messages are a way "to arm yourself with information and simultaneously raise your esteem in your children's eyes."
Text Messaging Explodes:
- Some 936 billion SMS (short message service) messages were transmitted in 2005, according to Gartner. Total revenues from text messaging is forecast to grow to $72.5 billion in 2010 from $39.5 billion in 2005.
- M:Metrics, a mobile market research company, found that nationwide, the fastest growing group of text messagers is adults. Between September 2005 and September 2006, the number of text-message users from age 45 to 64 grew about seven times as fast as among teenagers under 18, according to their data.
- Telephia, a consumer research firm, found that among Cingular users, women
in their 40s are the fastest growing text message demographic and fourth