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Girl produces 14,000+ text messages in one month
Posted 1/12/09 , edited 1/12/09
http://www.nypost.com/seven/01112009/news/nationalnews/this_kids_a_text_maniac_149614.htm


Greg Hardesty didn't LOL when he got his teen daughter's cellphone statement.

All he could think was "OMG!"

PHOTOS: Text-Crazed Teen

The California man's 13-year-old daughter, Reina, racked up an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month. The online AT&T statement ran 440 pages.

"First, I laughed. I thought, 'That's insane, that's impossible,' " the 45-year-old dad said. "And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible."

He found it was - barely.

It works out to 484 text messages a day, or one every two minutes of every waking hour.

"Then I thought maybe AT&T made some mistake on the bill," said Hardesty, of Silverado Canyon.

The reporter for the Orange County Register grilled his daughter on her texting habit - by text message, of course.

"Who are you texting, anyway? Your entire school?" he asked.

"Well, a lot of my friends have unlimited texting. I just text them pretty much all the time," she explained.

She messages a core of "four obsessive texters" - all girls between the ages of 12 and 13 - on her LG phone.

Reina had a karaoke birthday party, and while other people were singing, she was texting her best friend sitting right next to her.

She even texted her friends to brag about the high number of text messages she had logged when her parents got the statement.

Her texting soared last month because "it was winter break and I was bored," Reina told her parents.

Luckily, Hardesty has a phone plan that allows unlimited texting for $30 a month. Otherwise, he estimates, he would have owed AT&T $2,905.60 at a rate of 20 cents per message.

The average number of monthly texts for a 13- to 17-year-old teen is 1,742, according to a Nielsen study of cellphone usage.

Hardesty admits he himself punches in 900 messages a month - 700 more than average for his age group, according to Nielsen.

Hardesty and his ex-wife have since placed restrictions on Reina's cellphone use, ruling she cannot text after dinner.


What the hell is wrong with this generation? (Yes I am from that same generation and I feel ashamed) I've never understood what was so fun about texting.
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girl power huh
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IDIOT POWER!!~
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Man I can't image what 2050 would be like. With all these technological advancements were having. =/
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money not well spent
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Technology and retards... That might work!
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Wow. The most I have done was 2000 a month I think.
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i can text 300+ per day.
on my hotxsexyxpinkphone
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Wow wtf o-o
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hmm wow 14,000 or more text messages a month.
well luckily her dad got a good deal otherwise that wld of been some huge stress n anger.
i barely text bc one im slow n two i have other important things to do then to communicate with phones.
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it bet she did nothing but text
OMG or lol nonstop
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whoa...
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haha which reminds me i cant text anymore
my mom gave me like 400 texts per month hten i overused it
you wouldnt even wanna know how much bill we got hehe
now i cant text or receive text at all...

haha i know right? whats wrong with us
thats y unlimited texts are good deal
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I think the most I've done was 10 in one year.

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Same sort of stuff happened when computers became more of a household normal device. I remember hearing about a lot of stories and articles dealing with the time teenagers (or people, I guess we could say) were spending on the internet.

I can only imagine the bills people had to deal with when dial-up was figured and priced by the minute or so.

Anyways, I barely text. I have 1000 unlimited text messages (counts for both sending and receiving total). Within "my circle" I have unlimited text messages, but I barely use them.
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