Text Messaging Benefits

This infographic blew our minds. It came to us via Sylvia Simon, who works for Onlinecollegecourses.com. She figured we’d be thrilled to see some of these numbers. She was right. In addition to reporting that most Americans send/receive between 1-10 texts a day it shows that  90% of 18-29 year old Americans have a cell phone, with 72% of adults in the United States actively sending and receiving text messages. That’s some serious messaging. What’s more is the fact that some studies are showing that text messaging can literally help improve people’s lives.

One study reported that text message reminders helped participants improve sunscreen adherence. Another found that a text intervention led to a reduction in alcohol consumption. Good stuff. Regardless of the size/scope and methodology of these studies there are some benefits of texting that can’t be debated. It’s relatively cheap. It’s ubiquitous with cell phones. It’ green. So while we continue to fight the ridiculously dangerous habit of texting while driving let’s also celebrate the positive changes that can be made possible through texting.

Have you incorporated text messaging into your life as a way to change a habit? If so we want to hear about it. Sounds off in the comments.

6 thoughts

  1. Great, but what does your app do that I can’t already go with google voice?

    And no, I don’t see being tied to a particular cell phone number as a benefit. Much more useful to have one that stays the same, even if you get service from a new carrier, WITHOUT having to jump through all the “number porting” hoops and delays.

    Using your cell carrier-issued number is like using your cable company provided email service, instead of a permanent one either in your own domain or from a reputable webmail provider.

    1. Hi Fred! Thanks for the comment. It’s interesting to hear that you actually prefer a secondary number. A lot of us prefer to keep things simple by using our main mobile number. Folks tend to keep their mobile numbers for a long, long, time. With the exception of a new job or a major issue with a carrier, nationwide calling plans have resulted in many people keeping their same number-even after moving. If you do get a new number you can download our app again…for free. The mobile number is how we identify friends and family. I don’t have the Google Voice number of any of my contacts right now, for instance. Having multiple phone numbers for a fried/coworker/family member can be confusing and frustrating. When you use our app texting history is seamless from the phone to the web. Again, thanks for reaching out.

  2. Hi zipwhip,
    To be honest, I wasn’t that convinced by the colourful illustrations. No offence meant to Sylvia but most of it doesn’t mean much, even tho it looks real good. The first parts is “Loads of people use phones, loads of people send texts”. Well loads of people snore, it doesn’t make it a good thing in itself. Then saying that poorer minorities send more texts is just saying that phone companies’ voice call rates are more expensive than their texting rates. Nothing else.
    The second half goes all anecdotal on us, and I won’t even start cose I could be here for a while and I really want to move on to the ONE statement that made me wince:

    Texting is relatively inexpensive.

    Woa, now that’s one hell of an oversight (one could almost say a downright lie). It would maybe be okay if it wasn’t for the word relatively.
    Text messages are the smallest bunch of bytes, they’re almost nothing. If I was to put all your daily digital transfers into a box and label it, right at the bottom of the ingredients list you would read: Text Messages: traces.
    But everybody knows that. When I click on a wikipedia page, I get a few pages of text. If I was to spend the entire month clicking from wikipedia article to wikipedia article, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (which is easily done, believe me) and then divide all the text I’d seen in packs of 160 characters, I would end up with a massive number of packs. Now if I just divide my monthly internet subscription price by that number that will give me the price of 160 characters of wikipedia. A wild guess would be around 0.0001$ but it’s probably much less.
    And the other way around, if internet data transfers were to be charged at the same rate as text messaging data transfer, well, for one, I wouldn’t be here, wasting my time (wink wink admin) posting this because a monthly subscription would cost tens of thousands.

    So to conclude, Texting is relatively crazily madly expensive, and guess what, the only reason phone companies are charging us for them is that we are willing to pay.

    1. Thanks for sharing your insight Kevin. It’s interesting to hear the perspective of others regarding text messaging, because it has truly become one of the most important forms of communication in many of our lives. We look forward to interacting with you again in the future.

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