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  Teens text more than they talk
Updated 13 June 2003, 07.59
Young people are texting more than ever
Young people now text so much they hardly ever talk to each other.

Children and teenagers are much more likely to tap out a text than actually pick up their phone and call someone, research has shown.

Texting has more than doubled since March 2002, and it's still rising.

Flirting

Some of the most common reasons to text someone are to send a greeting or flirt, the survey showed!

Fact File
Top reasons to text
Send a greeting, like Happy Birthday (28%)
Arrange/cancel a date (16%)
Get sports/news updates (7%)
Flirting (7%)
Contact an ex (4%)

And the younger you are, the more likely you are to be addicted to texting.

More than eight out of 10 young people admitted they preferred texting to actually speaking to friends and family.

But only 14 per cent of people over the age of 55 said they chose texting over speaking.

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