By Erik Qualman
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Brianna Hendrickson won this year’s LG U.S. National Texting Championship. Hendrickson , a 13-year-old from Brooklyn, New York won $50,000 for charity and $50,000 for herself. The fact that she is only 13 and sends an average of 7,000 texts per month is a reflection of the times.
“If you want to know what people like us will do tomorrow, you look at what teenagers are doing today,” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told the audience at Nielsen’s Consumer 360 in June. And according to Sandberg, only 11% of teens email daily–clearly, a huge generational drop. Instead, they are increasingly turning to SMS (or Twitter) and social networks for communication.
“E-mail–I can’t imagine life without it–is probably going away,” Sandberg said (FastCompany’s Austin Carr). Brianna would probably agree with Sandberg’s statement because if you are sending 7,000 texts per month you probably don’t have much time to e-mail.
Brianna Hendrickson beat out an original field of 500,000 contestants including last years 15-year-old champion. In the end her fingers were slightly quicker than two other teens and a 48-year-old woman from Chicago. It came down to who could type, “Old McDonald had a farm, Ei, ei, oh! And on this farm he had a champ. W/a txtr here, and BFF there. Here a text, there a text, erywhere a text-text!”