A few things stand out here:
- Teens are text messaging like crazy.
- This level of texting makes me think that it’s so close to actual chat, that mobile “chat” is going to become bigger. Or normalized. I do know at least one person who refuses to text and uses Google Chat. Developers, keep this in mind – and social media companies may want to move towards mobile chat (also, keep that in mind).
- Phones are beng used less for actual phone calls. This is a trend that reminds me of how cable companies became ISPs. At this rate mobile phone companies are really “mobile” companies. Keep that in mind for the future – and for regulation.
- There’s an impressive generation gap here in text and phone usage. How are we going to market and to whom?
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