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I like to think I am in sync with the youth of America, but an article in last Sunday's Washington Post confirms otherwise. Just last month a 13-year-old pulled in $25,000 for winning the National Texting Championship and after admitting she sends about 8,000 texts a month said she planned on blowing the money on a clothes shopping spree. "That's about right," I thought, "she's a texting freak and she's won her due prize. I am sure she only won because she's the only person on this earth that sends that many text messages." Not so.

The Washington Post found a high school junior used 6,807 text messages, which, at a rate of 15 cents apiece for most of them, pushed her family's Verizon Wireless bill to more than $1,100 for the month. Here's more:

Sofia knew she'd been texting a lot but couldn't believe the "incredible" number she hit. "I just thought, oh my God, my life is over," she said. In Sofia's case, her parents' plan included only 100 free text messages a month - fewer than half of what she was using every day "at all points of the day" - and she racked up massive per-message fees fast.

Market research indicates the consumers mostly likely to send and receive text messages are those between the ages of 13 and 24. Last year, 158 billion text messages were sent nationwide, nearly double the number in 2005, according to CTIA, the Wireless Association.

Am I crazy, or is sending more than 100 text messages a month overkill? Get e-mail access people, or use your phone to I don't know, make a phone call?

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txtaddict1616 txtaddict1616 7 years
i txt 24/7 and i do at least 10,000 a month and itz really not that hard
Calimie Calimie 10 years
You have to pay for incoming texts and calls in the States? That's crazy! In Spain you pay for what *you* do, texting or calling. You only pay when you receive a call when being abroad.
Pink_Lipstick Pink_Lipstick 10 years
I actually have a friend who's a few years younger than me and she's always making her phone bill sky-high with all her texting. I understand if you make the mistake once, but after one month of an enormous bill, don't you think you'd try to control it? I never use my phone to text because I can barely afford the bill in itself.
chynn chynn 10 years
texting is free in india. probably we are highly previleged yet such misers. i believe we are one of those few countries where incoming calls are absolutly free, yet we are masters in missed calls! (so much that i hear that the indian version of iphone has this "missed call" management feature included) generally we get about 100 txt msgs feed per day (right! a day!) the plan am on gives me unlimited free local txt msgs. how cool are you we ha! ;)
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I only text maybe two or three times a month. I prefer email because I hate abbreviating words. Hooray for being a grammar nazi.
smarler smarler 10 years
I've never quite understood how text messaging has replaced phone calls. They are convenient for a short message (meet me later, or dinner at 8), but completely ineffective for a conversation. And nothing bugs me more than being out to dinner with my friends and having someone texting away at the table.
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
I love to text (mainly my boy) and its great when your in a meeting/training or somewhere you can't talk, but have you ever noticed that it takes heaps of texts to have a conversation and usually ends up costing more than a phone call?!
partysugar partysugar 10 years
A few months ago my dad called our phone company because he thought there was some sort of mistake, the bill said my little sister had made 700 texts in one month...only she really did text that much!
macgirl macgirl 10 years
I do like texting but it can get old. We use it for work in situations where we are on a customers site and a phone call would be very invasive to their work environment. The only bad part is occasionally my husband gets home and his phone doesn't stop buzzing for an hour. "If you get one more text message I am going to scream, just call them already!!"
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Wow, I should check and see if I have an unlimited text vs. voice mail option, Wynter. I hate voice mails. I almost never check them. I can see that you called - I'll call you back. Don't make me listen to your message AND call you back. :oy: :lazy: I like texting. It's fun and quick. I don't send/receive anything even approaching these girls though. :O
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
I'm With you mizmode, i perfer texting than chatting on the phone. But the past phone bills have been a little over than i had expected with text messaging. My mom was NOT HAPPY. But it was not to that extreme i think my bill for texting was $30. It sounds low compare to that girl, but that's a lot of text messages i was sending. I can't help it. it's addicted.
bushra bushra 10 years
before crackberries and the like, i was a big texter when i first got a phone. i remember getting a phone bill a few years ago where i had sent 500 text messages in one month! i'm not as texty now but, i still use it.
wynter wynter 10 years
I would kill my child, lol I got the option of unlimited texting or voice mail with my phone package. I picked the voice mail. I don't even do the IM thing on the pc, much less text with my phone.
beautiful-disaster beautiful-disaster 10 years
i find it sort of bad that in the states you have to pay to recieve a text message or a phone call. you should really only be held accountable for the calls that you make, and not that others make to you. i think in almost every other country you only pay for what YOU do with your cell: phone calls, texting. which is why this girl was able to have a bill for 8,000 text messages. she also had to pay for the ones that were being sent to her. eitherway, its insane and her parents should really have a tlak with her or take away her phone
Bonne Bonne 10 years
5 per day isn't a lot and it adds up to be about 150 txt per month. Why is texting so much? Is sending text cheaper than voice transfers?
elizabeth1689 elizabeth1689 10 years
a lot of the time i just find it easier to text people rather than call them. i can do it during class or if i'm with other people and dont' want to be rude by calling someone but just need to let someone know something. i used to have unlimited texting to all verizon but now i only have 500 per month to send and receive. the worst i've had though was when a guy i was seeing didn't have verizon and i didn't realize it so i ended up going like $50 over in texts but it probably would have been more if i'd actually called him because he wasn't "in".
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 10 years
I remember back when I was in high school - my parents had me on a 75 min/month plan - and I was hooked up! NONE of my friends had phones... 100 text messages per month should definitely be enough...
craving_vintage craving_vintage 10 years
I always never cared for talking on the phone. That's why I love texting (and emailing). But you're right it won't make up for calling.
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 10 years
I think its a nerves thing. Texting is a lowpressure situation and sometimes calling people can be nerve wracking. But it def won't make up for calling.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 10 years
My little brother once sent so many texts (he had no idea) that it went over our family plan limit and cost my mom about $400!!! Here in the UK, I use pay-as-you-go so I can keep track of how many texts I've been sending, but I can easily send 90 or so texts per month, and I use other forms of communication frequently ... I think people text a lot more in the UK than in the US though.
cutelilbunny cutelilbunny 10 years
I'd much rather speak over the phone than send a text. But I may be biased, since I'm so slow at texting.
Candy_blonde Candy_blonde 10 years
I understand sending text messages and do send a lot myself (Not nearly close to this girl's number though). Sometimes there situations, like in class, where emailing/calling someone is not an option. What bothers me though is that this girl just cost her parents that much money and didn't seem to care or pay it herself? Talk about being responsible...
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