New Yorkers’ cell phone PDA is constantly in-your-face with people yakking on the sidewalk and texting their way through dinner dates, but this outwardly rude display of love for the devices does not translate into an especially high call or text volume, according to a Nielsen study.
“The data support the idea that we have a lot to say, but we say it in a very efficient manner,” Jonathan Carson, CEO of Nielsen’s telecom branch, told the Post.
The average phone call here is a short, sweet, and no-nonsense 3.7 minutes, toward the bottom of the national average, while calls in Southern and Midwestern states are significantly longer. Georgia takes first place for time spent on the phone, with an average of 800 minutes a month compared to New York’s 713.
A Runnin’ Scared counter-theory: 800 percent of New Yorkers have a BlackBerry or iPhone, which eliminates calls for directions or any information that can be easily Googled and opens up other lines of communication like Skype, e-mail, and chat that are not decipherable on a phone bill. We are efficient, eh?
The study also affirmed what most people could guess — women spend 22 percent more time on the phone than men, and teens are way ahead of the curve in terms of texting, sending 2,779 texts per month, about eight every waking hour.
Our favorite part of the study is a quote published in the Post from a 23-year-old chef living in Chinatown, who knows exactly why women text more than men — nimble thumbs!
“When I see a girl text, it’s usually very quickly. They have very nimble thumbs,” he said. “I prefer a quick call to a text.” A charming analysis, indeed!
To extrapolate from the data: New Yorkers are rude and efficient chatters, Southerners are relaxed storytellers, and teens are nothing more than pubescent texting robots. Hardly shocking news.