Henry Jenkins writes in his book Convergence Culture that there was a push during American Idol, for fans to cast their votes using text message. Jenkins cites a 2003 study which discovered that some fans placed their very first text message when they texted their American Idol votes.
During some recent channel surfing, I paused on another reality TV series. In this series, the dad was incredulous that his daughter had sent over 9000 texts in the previous month. It appears that in the intervening ten years since the American Idol first texters that text messaging has grown in a rate surpassing Moore’s law!
I asked 7 incredibly brilliant people how many texts they send every month. I collected the data and created the graph below using the Create-a-Graph website.
So, how would you reply to the question of how many texts you send? Do you send 100 texts a month? 200? 1000? 2000? Just a number is fine. Looking forward to seeing the numbers!
Thanks, brilliant friends!
Jenkins, Henry (2008). Convergence Culture where old and new media collide. New York University Press.