Teen Totals Over 14,000 Text Messages In One Month

The parents of a California teen are wondering if their daughter does anything else but send text on her phone.

13-year-old Reina Hardesty sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month, that's an average of about 484 texts a day. When her parents got their cell phone bill, t was 440 pages long.

They found out that Reina was so addicted to texting, that sometimes she will text her best friend when they are sitting right next to each other!

Fortunately the teen has an unlimited text plan or she would have been in big trouble. Her father figured without the unlimited plan, their cell phone bill would have been more than 2,900 dollars.

Reina's parents have since put restrictions on her cell phone usage, they say she can no longer text message after dinner.


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  • by Jules Location: anywhere on Jan 20, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    To VBush: I don't think you realize that times have changed, and texting really is not as big of a deal as you think. Don't criticize Melissa's daughter because she sends/receives 6000 texts a month. Just because you were at military school and didn't text when you were younger, doesn't mean you're better off. You Melissa's daughter is "obviously lacking in so many areas." Who are you to judge? My daughter sends/receives about 6000 as well, and she is ninth in her class of 329. She dances, cheers, and is involved in many other activities. Just because she texts does not mean she's detatched from the world; most of these kids can text without looking and still carry on a conversation. Texting is simply a part of the new generation. Just because you cannot imagine texting that much, doesn't mean the next genration is doomed.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2009 at 11:40 PM
    Go VBush! Go Melissa! Go VBush! Go Melissa! GO! GO! GO! Just gettin' intresting now...LOL
  • by hey Location: c-town on Jan 18, 2009 at 01:33 PM
    i send over 9000 easy in a month its really not that hard...
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Jan 18, 2009 at 12:33 PM
    Melissa; I was in a military school dealing with life on my own at 15. I did not have my 'mommy and daddy' to run to when I had a problem. I was learning self reliance and independence. At 15 I was in a leadership role over approximately 18 other students of the academy. Our time there was spent in school learning, or involved in sports in some capacity. We were learning discipline, self reliance, judgment, decisiveness, and ACCOUNTABILITY. Something that is severely lacking in today's society. So no, I was not 'stuck up under my parents' as you call it. We did not have cell phones chatting mindlessly about nothing either. We actually had conversations or wrote using complete sentences with out deleting punctuation and spelling. If you think she is doing so well, have her sit down one Saturday and write two pages on (you pick a topic). Look it over when she is done. Check her work for spelling, punctuation, and content. This will be a good indicator as to what effect texting is having.
  • by Mike Location: Earth on Jan 18, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Something to think about - texting costs the cell phone companies nearly nothing at all and it uses a such a small fraction of data to transmit, and their charging people for every message. Do yourselves a favor get unlimited plans...
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Jan 17, 2009 at 10:53 PM
    Moderators....that's a crazy pictures you guys have up. It reads something about a scam and has a phone number....715-387-1122. And it says something about a financial bank....lol... what are you guys doing back there?
  • by me Location: anywhere on Jan 17, 2009 at 09:29 PM
    I think people are making a big deal over nothing. There have been several times that my niece who is 15 has sent over 14,000 text messages in a month. And for all of you who say that they must not be smart or knowledgable, she has all A's and B's and is a very intelligent child. You have to realize the speed at which these kids can send these messages is alot faster than some of us older folks. She can send a text in a split second where it may take us a minute. Also, its not like they are writing a novel. Alot of times it is just one or two words at the time. I think there are alot more kids out there who are sending that many text, maybe she just wanted some attention about it. Maybe her parents thought that they would get a cell phone discount from it! haha
  • by Bopper Location: Greenville on Jan 16, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    OMG LIKE LMAO
  • by Warren G Location: California Love on Jan 16, 2009 at 02:12 PM
    Who care how much this girl texts or not? Honestly. WHO CARES.
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Eastern NC on Jan 16, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    I have three children, two of which has cell phones. Both of my daughters who are ages 11 and 10 have cell phones, but my son who will be 8 this month does not have one, but will probably get one within the next year or two. I share a plan with my daughters that is 1000 anytime minutes and 1000 text a month and we only use about 300 minutes and maybe 350 text a month so not all kids abuse their cell phones. both of my daughters now that they have to do chores to pay for their cell phones and if they get in trouble over anything then their phones get taking away from them. If this girl was my daughter I would have taken the phone away from her for at least a month and then when she got it back there would be restrictions and if she did not follow them it would be taken away for good. By the way, most of the text that we use is mine not my kids.
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