TEXTING TIME!

How many minutes do U.S. students spend texting in a year.

How Did We Calculate It?

We found the average number of texts a high school student sends a month, which was 3,339 per month. Then we found out the average time it took to send a text message, which was between 5-20 so we averaged 13 sec from the two numbers. We multiplied the number of texts per month by the time it takes to send a text and found high school students send 43,407 seconds a month texting. We divided that by 60 to find the number of minutes students spend texting a month, 723.45 minutes. To find how many minutes in a year a student spend texting we just multiplied 723.45 by 12, and found 8,681.4 minutes. Now that is just for one high school students. So we found that there are 14.8 million high school students in the United States and multiplied 8,681.4 by 14.8 million and found U.S. high School students will spend 141,506,820,000 minutes in the next year texting on their phones.

To find the Upper and lower bonds we just substituted the amount of time it takes to send a text, so out lower bound was 5 and our upper bond was 20. Then we just followed the same pattern.

Average Estimate

Texts in a Month: 3,339
Seconds to Text: 13
Total seconds for a Month: 43,407

Minutes per month: 723

Minutes in a Year (For one Person): 8,682 minutes
Minutes in a Year (For all high school students): 141,506,820,000 minutes

Lower Estimate

Texts in a Month: 3,339
Seconds to Text: 5
Total seconds for a Month: 16,695

Minutes per month: 278

Minutes in a Year (For one person): 3,339 minutes
Minutes in a Year (For all high school students): 54,425,700,000 minutes

Upper Estimate

Texts in a Month: 3,339
Seconds to Text: 20
Total seconds for a Month: 66,780

Minutes per month: 1,113

Minutes in a Year (For one person): 13,356 minutes

Minutes in a Year (For all high school students): 217,702,800,000 minutes

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