Women, Minorities Biggest Users of Mobile Phones, Survey Says

Doug Gross, CNN, August 25, 2010

Women text and talk on their mobile phones more than men.

African-Americans and Hispanics use their phones more than whites, and Southerners out-chat their northern neighbors while on the go.

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Those are the findings of a yearlong survey by the Nielsen Co. The statistics firm studied the monthly mobile phone bills of more than 60,000 U.S. customers.

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According to the survey’s data, black users sent and received about 780 text messages per month and Hispanics got or sent about 767–significantly more than whites, who checked in with 566 texts in the same time period.

Both of those groups, as well as Asians and Pacific Islanders, also talk more on their mobile phones than white customers. Black mobile phone users talked about 1,300 minutes a month, on average, followed by Hispanics at 826, Asians and Pacific Islanders at 692, and whites at 647 minutes.

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