A couple of weeks ago, the Nielsen Company released some research that made our jaws drop. It reports that in the fourth quarter of 2008, U.S. teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 texts per month!
That's almost 80 texts per day.
We sat down to talk about how we should cover this story, and came up with the idea to challenge a parent to text like a teenager. We called funny man Al Rae in Winnipeg and asked him to send and receive 80 texts a day, just like your average teen. Al is the artistic director of the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, writes for CBC's Little Mosque on the Prairie and Monsoon House, but best of all, he's a dad.
We'll feature Al's story on the June 17 & 20 episode of Spark, but here's a sneak peek of some of the tape he recorded with his daughter. Download the MP3.
Do you have a teen who texts like crazy? Leave us a comment below with your story and we'll try to work it into the next show.