Friday, January 16, 2009

NYPOST: Over 14,500 text msgs in ONE MONTH?

The California man's 13-year-old daughter, Reina, racked up an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month. The online AT&T statement ran 440 pages.
"First, I laughed. I thought, 'That's insane, that's impossible,' " the 45-year-old dad said. "And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible."
He found it was - barely.
It works out to 484 text messages a day, or one every two minutes of every waking hour.
"Then I thought maybe AT&T made some mistake on the bill," said Hardesty, of Silverado Canyon.
The reporter for the Orange County Register grilled his daughter on her texting habit - by text message, of course.
"Who are you texting, anyway? Your entire school?" he asked.
"Well, a lot of my friends have unlimited texting. I just text them pretty much all the time," she explained.
She messages a core of "four obsessive texters" - all girls between the ages of 12 and 13 - on her LG phone.
Reina had a karaoke birthday party, and while other people were singing, she was texting her best friend sitting right next to her.
She even texted her friends to brag about the high number of text messages she had logged when her parents got the statement.
Her texting soared last month because "it was winter break and I was bored," Reina told her parents.
Luckily, Hardesty has a phone plan that allows unlimited texting for $30 a month. Otherwise, he estimates, he would have owed AT&T $2,905.60 at a rate of 20 cents per message.
The average number of monthly texts for a 13- to 17-year-old teen is 1,742, according to a Nielsen study of cellphone usage.
Hardesty admits he himself punches in 900 messages a month - 700 more than average for his age group, according to Nielsen.
Hardesty and his ex-wife have since placed restrictions on Reina's cellphone use, ruling she cannot text after dinner.


  1. It is insane, lermontov. It is a cancerous plague. My eleven year old has unlimited minutes with same carrier friends. Even with this plan, we carefully monitor her texting. She's not allowed to text (obviously) during school hours, and we check her phone every week to make sure this isn't taking up all of her time. The dad in the report above, is definitely not on top of it.
    What gets me is, this isn't an effective way to communicate, as opposed to emails, or actual phone calls.

  2. Texts are the sound bites of the mobile.

  3. When does she do homework or ANYTHING ELSE BUT TEXT FOR EFF's sake? Seriously, teenagers these days are going to turn into lazy sacks of poop.

  4. Noticed that you have been AWOL - hope all is well & that you enjoyed the 20th

  5. Lol a friend once ran up a bill for £450 in a month on his phone trying to keep in contact with me

  6. I have been looking everywhere for you. I found you!!!!


  7. My goodness!!!! I have a 14 year old and she has a prepaid account and her phone would be confiscated if w=she used it at school. maggs

  8. Noone...just thought I'd give it a try even though it's been a year and a half since this post. Come back, we still love you!