A recent study in the USA has revealed that text messaging has become the preferred mode of communication between teenagers and their friends, and that cell voice/calling has fallen to a close second. Three-quarters of those between 12-17 year-olds now own cell phones, and most of them send text-messages. In fact, the study found that more than half of teens text on a daily basis. Other findings: Half of teens send 50 or more text messages a day, or 1,500 texts a month. One in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month. 15% send more than 200 texts a day, or more than 6,000 texts a month. Boys typically send and receive 30 texts a day; girls typically send and receive 80 messages per day. Older girls who text are the most active, with 14-17 year-old girls typically sending 100 or more messages a day or more than 3,000 texts a month. Some who work with teens express concern that kids are becoming less articulate and more shy...and some might be using text messaging to avoid conflict. Others use texting as a tool to communicate in private...controlling the disbursement of thoughts or observations to select people while in the company of others. My texting frequency tends to be related to the texting preferences of those around me. If I have texting friends...then I text back. Usually it is something that is not important enough for a phone call...but worth an effort...such as being a few minutes late or letting someone know I'm thinking about them. Do you text? Why? What information do you convey? What are your texting patterns? Remember...don't text and drive!