A few things stand out here:
- Teens are text messaging like crazy.
- This level of texting makes me think that it’s so close to actual chat, that mobile “chat” is going to become bigger. Or normalized. I do know at least one person who refuses to text and uses Google Chat. Developers, keep this in mind – and social media companies may want to move towards mobile chat (also, keep that in mind).
- Phones are beng used less for actual phone calls. This is a trend that reminds me of how cable companies became ISPs. At this rate mobile phone companies are really “mobile” companies. Keep that in mind for the future – and for regulation.
- There’s an impressive generation gap here in text and phone usage. How are we going to market and to whom?
Mobile is becoming mobile period, and the generation gap is impressive.
Steven Savage is a Geek 2.0 writer, speaker, blogger, and job coach for professional and potentially professional geeks, fans, and otaku. He can be reached at http://www.stevensavage.com/