From a NY Times article, the following (my emphasis):
“American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to the Nielsen Company — almost 80 messages a day”
If they are awake 16 hours, that’s 5 per hour, or one every 12 minutes, from the moment they wake up to the moment they go to bed, through class, meals, work, and everything else, 7 days a week.
There’s a very important point the author makes about how teens need silence and privacy in order to realize themselves, and how this amount of texting does not allow that.
Read the full article here