By NICK BILTON
In a report released Tuesday, Nielsen, a consumer data and trend-tracking agency, said blacks are talking on their phones more than ever before, on average more than 1,300 minutes a month. Hispanics, the “next more talkative group,” talk on the phone 826 minutes a month.
Compare these numbers to whites, who only use 647 minutes a month of talk time, half the average of blacks.
Nielsen found that women talk on the phone more than men — 22 percent more, or an average of 856 minutes of talk time a month, compared with 667 minutes for men.
The study also looked at the number of text messages sent each month and found that blacks and Hispanics text more than most, sending around 770 text messages a month. Whites were not far behind though, with an average of 566 text messages sent a month.
There was one finding in the study that probably didn’t need much research: Teens text more than anyone else, sending and receiving an astounding 2,779 text messages a month, on average.
The report says that with each age bracket the number of text messages sent each month tends to fall by half. Although teens were close to 2,800 messages a month, those 18 to 24 years old sent and received only 1,299 messages a month.
Finally the report found that mobile subscribers who live in the South speak on the phone more than those in any other area in the United States.