Originally published: September 1, 2010
Last updated: September 1, 2010 - 12:22pm
African-Americans and Hispanics talk and text on mobile phones significantly more than their white counterparts, according to the Nielsen Company.
The results correlate with an earlier Pew survey that found minorities are more likely to use their smartphones to access the Web than whites. The latest data shows minorities are generally more likely to use mobile devices to communicate, meaning any proposals targeting wireless communications may disproportionately affect black and Hispanic Americans. When it comes to texting, race or ethnicity takes a back seat to age. Teenagers average a whopping 2,779 text messages a month, while 18- to 24-year-olds send or receive 1,299 on average. People between the ages of 25 and 35 average just under 600 text messages per month. The variance among age groups for voice minutes used was significantly less.