Is Talking Out? Time Chatting On Phone Down 77 Minutes In 2 Years

Is Talking Over?

When it comes to communication, our new motto may well be: text me--don't tell me.

According to new data from J.D. Power, a consumer research and marketing company, Americans are now talking on their cellphones over an hour less per month than in 2009.

Wireless usage patterns continue to evolve, as fewer calls are being made or received. On average, wireless customers use 450 minutes per month, a decline of 77 minutes from 527 in 2009. Customers are using their devices more often for text messaging. The study finds that wireless customers sent/received an average of 39 text messages during an average two-day period. During the course of a month, this equals more than 500 incoming/outgoing text messages.

Talking on cellphones has gradually given way to texting, emailing, and video chatting, as well as gaming, media consumption and a slew of other activities now made possible thanks to smartphone applications.

According to a 2010 Nielsen survey, teens send an average of 3,339 text messages each month and spend an average of 646 minutes per month chatting on the phone, a number that declined 14 percent between 2009 and 2010. Nearly a quarter of the young adults surveyed by Nielsen explained the shift by noting that text messaging was "easier" and "faster" than calling.

Teens aren't alone in SMSing: A recent report by the Pew Internet and American Life Project also found that text messaging was one of the most popular uses for cellphones, with 73 percent of American adults saying they use their phones to text.

It wasn't until the end of 2007 that the number of text messages sent each month overtook the number of calls placed--and then, only barely: according to Nielsen, by Q4 2007, Americans placed an average of 213 calls each month and sent on average 218 text messages in the same period.

Has your time talking on the phone decreased over the past few years? If so, why? Weigh in below.

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