About As Many 18- to 29-Year-Olds Text as Use a Computer, Drive, or Have Sex

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Texting has reached ubiquity for smartphone users between 18 and 29. Fully 99 percent of people with a fancy phone text. 95 percent of all cell phone owners in that age group text. And because 92 percent of people of that age have phones, that means that 87% of 18-29 year olds text, according to Pew's latest report on Americans and their cell phones.

This is really significant. For this generation (of which I'm just barely a part) texting is as ubiquitous as any activity, and certainly any technological interaction.

Only 89 percent of 18-29 year olds even use a computer! 72 percent of that age group use a social networking site. Only 87 percent of people of driving age have a license. Texting is even almost as ubiquitous as that famed activity of the young. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics, only 88 percent of 18-29 year olds have had sex.

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The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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