- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Given the choice, Americans would rather text than have an actual conversation with someone. They spend 26 minutes every day tapping out those cryptic messages. Elsewhere on the planet, the average time spent text messaging is under five minutes, according to a new industry report.

“Our data reveals that most Americans love texting and would rather send a text than make a call,” says Will Hodgman, the CEO of Informate Mobile Intelligence, a Seattle-based research group that tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in the U.S. and abroad.

There is some old school phoning going on, though. The average American makes or answers six phone calls per day, taking 21 minutes to do so, says the group’s new analysis. But the typical U.S. user also sends and receives 32 texts, and spends 14 minutes chatting, or making VoIp calls. And in all, we spend 4.9 hours on the phone doing one thing or another - every day.

The report found Thailand, Malaysia and Qatar followed the U.S. as largest users spending between three and fours hours on the phone, respectively. Mexico, Brazil and Argentina spent the least amount of time coming in at two hours and under.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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