Moms are leading the charge in taking text messaging beyond the teen set. Adolescents and adults in their forties and fifties are the two most active groups sending texts, the Washington Post reports. In the past two years, texting increased 130% among people 45 to 54, while text-saturated teens saw only a 41% bump.
Mobile carriers have introduced flat-rate data plans, and guides on texting lingo (“C U L8R”). But most parents who start texting are prompted by their kids. “I just stood there frozen and realized I had to figure out how to reply,” says one mom of a text her son sent her asking to be picked up at a game. Now, it’s a staple of her family’s communication, she tells the Post.