Survey Says Women Are Cell Phone Chatty Cathys

Nielsen survey finds women talk, text more often, but teens text the most

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    A recent survey found women spend more time talking and texting on the cell phones than men -- but teenagers text more than anyone.

    According to a recent Nielsen survey, women talk 22 percent more than men each month -- about three hours and 10 minutes more -- for a total of 14 hours and 16 minutes.

    Heidi Wasileski, who just moved to Dallas from New York, said she wasn't surprised to hear that women talk on their cell phones than men.

    "Yeah, probably the girls are using them a little bit more, probably because we like to chat a bit more, have more things to say than guys," she said.

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    A recent survey found women spend more time talking and texting on the cell phones than men, but teenagers text more than anyone.

    Women also text more, sending and receiving an average of 601 messages per month, compared to 447 per month for men, according to the survey.

    But the hands-down winners for texting are teenagers, who send and receive an average of 2,779 SMS messages per month.

    Texans are also some of the chattiest in the country. Texans spend an average of 800 minutes per month talking on their phones and send and receive more than 500 text messages per month.

    The survey also found that African-Americans talk on their cell phones more than any other racial group, using an average of more than 1,300 voice minutes per month. They also lead other ethnic groups in the number of text messages, at about 780 per month.

    "A lot of people really don't talk as much as they used to," said Gabe Owens of Dallas. "When you can text, you can probably do the same thing, you can kind of keep the conversation shorter."

    More: African-Americans, Women and Southerns Talk and Text the Most in the U.S.