New Texting Champion is 13 – Sign Email is Going Away

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!”

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7 responses to “New Texting Champion is 13 – Sign Email is Going Away

  1. I can already see myself telling future children “no texting at the dinner table.” It’s certainly not new, but exciting to see kids master things we didn’t have or understand until we were older.

    I remember being amazed by a 5th grader who understood capacitors when I worked at a summer robotics camp for kids. He was up to date on physics and electronics. When I was his age I was conquering an imaginary world, one lego kingdom at a time. It will be interesting to watch how the change in the way kids play affects them later in life.

  2. I can totally see email going to the side ~ I find I want to return emails in 140 characters or less. Why not text? Faster, easier…

  3. I agree with Tad. Well done Brianna, and no disrespect, but I do not think I will be doing tomorrow what my teenagers are doing today (most of which I did in some form or another – CB radios – 30 years ago). As they gain experience in the world of work, these kids will hopefully learn that the art of communication involves many forms and channels all of which have their place and part to play. eg: if you want to be absolutely certain the recipient has received and understood your very important message – ring them!!

    • Good point, the radio has not gone away. Each generation uses technology differently. It will just be interesting to see if/how much Gen Y and Z use e-mail in the decades to come.

      Thanks for commenting!

  4. Not sure about Email going away, teenagers that text that much do not work. And remember computers were going to allow us to work less and go paperless; we work more and paper companies experienced huge growth. Nice idea though…

    • Thanks Tad, good insight. Although Dunder Mifflin’s growth seems to be hurting lately.

      Best, equalman

      P.S. For those that don’t know Dunder Mifflin feel free to Twitter search for it!

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