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thumbs up frogYes, E L E V E N THOUSAND, that is, 11,000. Eleven thousand text messages in one month, I kid you not. I thought there was something wrong with my hearing, seriously. But no, it was right there on the bill, stored on some computer file forever.

No, it wasn't me. A 16 year old boy who recently fell in love sent ELEVEN THOUSAND text messages from his phone in the last billing cycle. The boy is the son of someone I know.

It really gives one pause to think.... why? My thumbs give out if I have to answer an email on my Blackberry! This kid must have thumbs of steel or something. Why not use the cell phone as a "phone". Or perhaps they don't have unlimited cell phone to cell phone.

Boy are his parents glad they have unlimited text messaging. Somehow I think that they may not be happy with the idea of him texting 11,000 times in a month though. Wonder if they will let him keep the cell phone during school hours. According to Google, Guinness World Records from 2005 says a man in Indiana send 182,689 SMS messages in one month. But a Sacramento teen seems to have broken that with 300,000 text messages in one month. (r u kidding me?)

OK, so he didn't break the record, but still, 11,000? I am impressed, I think. (or maybe horrified, I am not sure yet)

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Comment balloon 37 commentsAndrea Swiedler • August 22 2010 12:06AM


So, we must start using 'TextMyMLS' or similar service - to cater for next generation when they fall in love with a house....LOL

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 8 years ago

Yikes, glad to see there is an unlimited texting plan. That could be tuition for a semester, a new car, etc. And who has that kind of time. My thumbs are aching!! Seriously. About 367 TMs PER DAY!!!  22 per hour for a normal 16 hour day. Sounds obsessive to me.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Praful, oh, say it ain't so, but you have a point. I have to get my thumbs in working order or retire...

Jeff, my thumbs too, can you imagine? I still can't see a 16 year old BOY having that much to say, ever.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Texting has become a real convenience and a crutch for certain youngsters.  I get a few from a young person and they seem to go on and...if you keep repsonding.  I usually stop after two or three.  I just don't have the time.

I wonder what the record is?

Posted by Frank Castaldini, Realtor - Homes for Sale in San Francisco (Compass) over 8 years ago



The statistics are certainly scary, but what are his parents doing during this child's reaching out for help,.  The matter has nothing to do with this kid being in love, but there is a serious matter when this can happen without parental intervention. Scary----very scary.  And this is the generation to come--Scary.


Posted by Stephen Sainte-Martin (Realty Direct Boston) over 8 years ago

Frank, it can be convenient, it has its place, but wow...

Stephen, his parents are very involved, very good people with a strong sense of family. They are mystified and not happy I have to say. He turned 16 recently, fell in love and became a different kid overnight.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

The first month my daughter had her first phone...over 2100 text messages. Thankfully we have unlimited texting. Of course after the bill came, there was a lot of talking in my house.

It seems that is all kids want to do these days. Will we eventually lose the fine art of communicating...some people already seem to have a problem with face to face conversation and listening. Maybe texting is the wave of the future.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 8 years ago

That kid has issues and has not even graduated from puberty yet!

Posted by Damon Gettier, Broker/Owner ABRM, GRI, CDPE (Damon Gettier & Associates, REALTORS- Roanoke Va Short Sale Expert) over 8 years ago

That is just wrong!

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) over 8 years ago

Andrea, the under 20 yr olds are texting MORE than emailing.... crazy, I know...

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 8 years ago

Reading these text's are like trying to understand a new foreign language.  Once I catch onto it, I am going to add to my profile that I am bi-lingual.

Posted by Don Spera, Serving York and Adams County, PA (CR Property Group, LLC) over 8 years ago

I'm glad Jeff did the math, because I was just thinking the same thing...the TIME!  Wow. As a teen, I once dropped a guy who called 8 times in one was a little obsessive for me, even at the age of 16.  LOL

Posted by Susan Haughton, Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results. (Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545) over 8 years ago


No, he does not have hands of steel, he is just in love. Thhis is that simple. 11K text messages, all the hoopla about new technology, but the real thing here - the boy is in love

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

My 16 year old son runs about 5500 texts a month.  Pretty amazing, I think!  He's FAST and can be "talking" to multiple people at once without missing a beat.  He's a good, happy, active and well adjusted kid....

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 8 years ago

At his age he should be texting several girls.  I'f I was Id be texting every girl in school not just one.  At my age if I text three ladies a day I'm doing good.

Posted by Randy Dodd, ePro, GRI, TAHS (Rosanna's Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea:  All this proves is that these kids have much more time on their hands than they have brain matter between their ears.  His parents should put him to work.  Lots of energy being wasted.  Let him paint the house, cut the lawn with a pair of tweeers, wash the driveway with a toothbrush.  Just about anything will do.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 8 years ago

Yeah, glad they have unlimited text message plan, or the parents will probably pass out when they see the bill!

Posted by Rita Fong, Realtor - Marion Arkansas Homes for Sale (RE/MAX REAL ESTATE TODAY, Executive Broker 901-488-9590 ) over 8 years ago

You got me!

I though you were celebrating 11000 points on AR

That kid is obssessive. Hope he doesn't grow up to be a stalker!

Thanks for the post


Posted by Phil Leng, Phil Leng - Retired (Retired) over 8 years ago

Wow!!! He must have been really gotten bit badly by the love bug...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

My son just turned 15. We have unlimited everything, lol. He can text without looking and spells everything correctly. I swear, it's a sickness, lol. 11,000 is a lot. He should be going out there and having fun instead of being with just 1 girl. Teens are teens though right? :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Why do kids "need" cell phones. I can remember being young and using the one phone in the house to talk to a girl. It had a reeeally long cord so you could wander all around the house and talk, lol. It was great (I didn't think so then) because my parents, who were right there, could monitor my time on the phone. As someone said above, this kid should be putting his energy into other avenues.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

Debbie, that number is enough, LOL. Maybe texting is the wave of the future. I know I do it, but if I do 15 a month that is a lot, LOL.

Damon, LOL, but strong thumbs.

Catherine, I think that is what his parents think too.

Gary, crazy indeed, it is so limiting.

Don, LOL, that is a good one. You are so right!

Susan, when I first heard it, I pulled out my cell and did the math on my calculator, LOL. Yeah, obsessive is a bit soft, IMHO.

Jon, yes indeed, love is in the air. You are so right about that. He is head over heels in love.

Janna, I am glad you said that. I don't have teens, so this boggles my mind.

Randy, You got me good on that one. You are right, he should be, but he is in love.

Karen Anne, LOL, not only does he have too much time on his hands he has a cell phone in his hands. :D

Rita, can you imagine if they didn't have unlimited text?

Phil, did you know.... nope, I am boggled by 11,000 text messages.

Michael, I think it is a huge bite, poor kid. His is gone.... and with school starting in a few days ....

Jackie, teens are teens for sure. And one would think he would be out there having fun. But he is head over heels for this girl. Spell correctly? LOL, the language they use is totally foreign to me.

Jim, when I was 16 we didn't have a phone. I was living in the middle of the Tonto National Forest in AZ on our ranch. Our electricity came from 3 large generators, and we shut them off much of the time. But when we moved I do remember laying on the floor one time talking, and it was for hours and hours and hours.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

This is kind of like the agent on here that writes 11,000 crappy blogs because they associate points with success.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

My 16 year old niece will text her mother - even when they are on the same floor of their home! And my sister texts her back...  They do chat from time to time too, usually while mom is chauffeuring, Andrea.

Posted by Irene Kennedy Realtor® in Northwestern NJ (Weichert) over 8 years ago

I cannot conceive of sending 11,000 text messages in my life. I don't think that I have sent that many emails and I have been using that since the 80's. Well, maybe I have. I just looked and I have made over 13,000 comments on Active Rain, so, I guess 11,000 is not that much, but in one month!

Posted by Mike Saunders (Lanier Partners) over 8 years ago

Scary. But unfortunately the sign of standard behavior in the not too distant future I think - especially for the youth of today, who communicate via text, about 1000:1 over actual phone or personal contact !

... scary

Posted by Sheldon Neal, That British Agent Bergen County NJ (Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited) over 8 years ago

What happened to the old days when we had time to play in the street?

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago

11,000 is completely out of control! Don't ever thumb wrestle with this kid! He's been working out!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

Ha!  Sounds to me like he has the stamina needed to be a short sale specialist!

Posted by Laraine Shape, Selling kitchen at a time (Comey & Shepherd Realtors) over 8 years ago

Andrea, we have a 17 yr old grandson that is forever on thephone, texting. It's as if the generation has no communication skills unless they can use their thumbs, it starts with the video games and progresses from there. Issues to be addressed down the road

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 8 years ago

Bill, you got me, LOL. I got a chuckle out of that comment!

Irene, are you kidding me? Now that is funny, wow.

Mike, I cannot conceive of it either. Hey, comments are different, and  over a long period of time no less.

Shel, scary indeed, isn't it. It is a shift I am sure, in how we will be communicating. I hate long phone conversations though...

Joshua, I have no idea. Sure was fun though, wasn't it?

Craig, no kidding, those thumbs are like iron!

Ralph, LOL, I think you are right! Uh... can you text? I mean, you can type... or do you dictate to your pet person there...

Ed, i am sure those issues will have to be addressed later on, LOL. To say the least.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea!
What is it with teenage boys? My son did something similar ... not nearly as many, but with NOT having unlimited texting at the time, it seemed as bad!

As a side note, may I ask where you write your posts to get the great color and art?
Paula Swayne

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 8 years ago
Paula, that smarts. Ouch! I use Scribefire, a plug in for Firefox. Some use Word to achieve the same results. I also subscribe to iClipart for graphics. It was cheap and they have great clipart and photos. I did a post quite a while ago about Scribefire. If I think of it I will find it and email you the link.
Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea, WOW that is nuts.  I don't text and only respond to e-mails on my smart phone, when I can do it in a handful of words. If it is going to require more than that, I do not respond until I am back in front of the computer.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

I'm sure our two boys will do the same one day - once we break down and let them get a cell phone.  Our oldest (9 at the time) did discover texting and used one of our phones to text 35 messages (to a classmate) in an afternoon. Put a stop to it as soon as it was discovered.  We did wonder why the 9 yr old classmate had a cell w/ unlimited texting?  Different parents different style was what we decided.

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hey, send me your scripefire post link too, I need to crank it up a bit!  Still trying to figure out how to make a slide show on Picasa.  Woof WOOF!

Posted by Janna Scharf, Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene) over 8 years ago

It's in print on the bill so it must be true! But I can't even conceive of it. My daughter's school confiscates any phone found on a student between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 2:40 p.m. The phone is not returned until a detention is served. And I told my daughter that if she is caught, I will take the phone away for 6 months and she knows I mean it. I like Karen's about some house or yard work instead?

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 8 years ago