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Video: What People Text

Nicholas Carr estimates that it takes three days to ween yourself from your mobile phone and grow comfortable back in the scary confines of life. We may never really know, because as our smart phones take over more tasks (banking, reading, music, flight check in, television; I took meeting notes with Evernote on my BlackBerry at a Microsoft launch event last week!) our addiction grows. Still, we know that texting and taking photos are two of the biggest smart phone uses, and we set out to discov

Nicholas Carr estimates that it takes three days to ween yourself from your mobile phone and grow comfortable back in the scary confines of life. We may never really know, because as our smart phones take over more tasks (banking, reading, music, flight check in, television; I took meeting notes with Evernote on my BlackBerry at a Microsoft launch event last week!) our addiction grows. Still, we know that texting and taking photos are two of the biggest smart phone uses, and we set out to discover, video-style, what in the heck everyone is texting and shooting.It turns out some people like to text as their primary mode of communication. That skews younger, naturally. Nielsen reports that teenagers send 10 messages an hour. A Pew report suggests that anyone older than 18 sends 10 texts per day. Unfortunately, half of adults have been in cars where the driver is texting while driving. By 2009, there had been an estimated 5 trillion texts sent. Some people have taken to breaking up, firing employees, wooing a potential date, and sucking up, but the following videos show what people in Hollywood are doing not just with the phone's text feature, but also its camera.

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