A Third of Us Would Rather Text Than Talk, Survey Says
By Jeff Bertolucci
What’s your preferred means of cellphone communication: text or talk? A new survey from Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says a slight majority of Americans–53 percent, to be exact–prefer a voice call to a text message. But 31 percent of cellphone users would rather get a text.
The remaining 14 percent say their talk vs. text preference depends on the situation.
The mobile phone has become a pervasive communications tool in our daily lives. Eighty-three percent of U.S. adults own cell phones, and three-quarters of them (73 percent) send and receive texts, Pew found.
Fifty-five percent of cellphone users who exchange more than 50 text messages a day prefer a text to a voice call.
OK, no surprise there. Texting can be faster, allowing you to convey a message succinctly and bypass the conversational niceties of a voice call. (Yes, texting lets you get straight to the point, avoiding the often tedious, “Hello, how are you,” chatter.)