Oklahomans love 2 text, study finds

The average Oklahoma cell phone user sends and receives more than 600 messages a month, a rate equaled in just six other states, according to a recent Nielsen survey.
BY DON MECOY Modified: August 31, 2010 at 5:03 am •  Published: August 31, 2010
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Oklahomans love to gab with their gadgets, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Oklahoma was one of just seven states whose residents send and receive more than 600 text messages a month, the survey found.

The other frequent texting states were Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming.

The finding correlates with an earlier survey that showed Oklahoma leads the nation in households that use only cell phones. More than one in four Oklahoma households had only wireless phones and no landline in 2007, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AT&T spokesman Andy Morgan said Oklahomans are early adopters when it comes to telephones.

"Oklahomans are very open to trying new technologies, and they always want the latest applications and want the latest technology on their cell phones," Morgan said. "There's just a real hunger here for wireless communications."

Oklahomans who live in rural areas also are active cell phone users, Morgan said.

"It's not just urban," he said. "It's every small town, small city in our service area where we see that kind of demand."

Not too surprisingly, teens are by far the biggest texters, the Nielsen survey found. Those under age 18 sent and received an average of 2,779 texts per month, the survey found.

As cell phone users age, their use of texting declines sharply. Those 18-24 years old sent and received an average of 1,299 SMS messages monthly, while those 55 years old and older sent and received fewer than 100 such messages each month on average.

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