A study has revealed that many young people prefer exchanging text messages to having an actual conversation, with 1 in 3 teenagers sending over 100 texts each day.
The study has also revealed that text messaging is a preferred method of contact over social networking and telephone calls.
The study, which was conducted by the Pew Research Centre in Washington DC, reports that teenagers enjoy being able to converse with someone without having to speak with them directly.
The survey also found that as texting has risen dramatically in the last couple of years, it is more popular with girls than boys. Findings show that a teenage girl will send an average of 80 texts a day, with boys sending an average of only 30 per day.
The report shows that although youngsters will make an effort to text a friend each day, only one third said they would make the effort to seek them out and have a conversation with them in person.
The study's authors have suggested that one of the attractions of texting as a format for communication, is that it can be done anywhere and anytime.
Amanda Lenhart, one of the researchers from the survey said: "Texting is now the central hub of communication in the lives of teens today, and it has really skyrocketed in the last 18 months.
"We've kind of hit a tipping point where now teens expect other teens to respond to text messaging and to be available. There is definitely an element of text messaging that fits so seamlessly into their lives."
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