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OMG! One California teen sent 14,528 text messages in one month. "I was bored!" she said.

Reina and her dad

Think your teen is text crazy? Then you should talk to California dad Greg Hardesty, whose 13-year-old daughter sent an astonishing 14,528 text messages in one month.


"First, I laughed. I thought, 'That's insane, that's impossible,' " Hardesty, 45, said. "And I immediately whipped out the calculator to see if it was humanly possible."

Upon studying AT&T's 440-page bill, Hardesty broke down his daughter's text habit to 484 text messages a day -- that's one every two minutes of every waking hour.

"Then I thought maybe AT&T made some mistake on the bill," said Hardesty.

When reporters asked Reina for her take on the matter (the interview was conducted via text message, natch), she had this to say: "Well, a lot of my friends have unlimited texting. I just text them pretty much all the time."

For example, when Reina threw a karaoke birthday party, she was texting her best friend -- who was sitting right next to her.

What's more, she even texted her friends to brag about how many messages she sent when her parents got the bill.

When asked why she sent so many messages, Reina said: "It was winter break and I was bored."

Reina's phone plan includes unlimited texting for $30 a month. Otherwise, Hardesty says he would have owed AT&T $2,905.60.

Reina's punishment? Hardesty has placed limitations on Reina's cell phone use, saying she cannot text after dinner.

Tell us -- is Hardesty's punishment too lenient? Comment in the momlogic community.

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23 comments so far | Post a comment now
Anon January 12, 2009, 6:07 PM

In most cases yes. My gosh, she’s texting someone sitting right next to her - that’s just down right nuts! My child would loose the phone. Yet he does have unlimited texting for $30, so…it’s his child.

Susan R. January 12, 2009, 6:24 PM

Someone please find the humor in this because I’m shocked. The teen in question is laughing like this is funny and what’s worse the father seems to be laughing too. If I received a 445 page phone bill I wouldn’t be laughing much less smiling.
Her punishment is that she is not allowed to text after dinner? Are you kidding me? My kid would be brought back to the dark ages really fast if that happened in our house. Unlimited texting isn’t the point.
I’m not against cell phones and for the most part find them usefull. However, having said that, I think we’ve created a society of people that have lost the ability to communicate verbally, cell phone or not. They can text for hours, but the minute they are face to face they have nothing to say. Give me a break!

Nicey January 12, 2009, 6:48 PM

That’s nothing compared to my little sisters bill that we received today actually and it was over 19000 text messages. I don’t find this funny i think its a bit disturbing. I did the math and she has to be sending at least 600 a day. Who does she really have to text 600 messages a day too? Not to mention my sister isn’t doing that great in school. I think this a serious issue and I’m hoping my mom does something more effective than taking her phone away after dinner. I’m all for just having the thing shut off.

Jim P. January 12, 2009, 6:58 PM

OMG I have several teenager, all with cell phones of course. I agree with Susan R. My kid’s also have unlimited texting in order to avoid the “month end surprise” but their ability to communicate verbally is challenged. Howevere, as a teen from the 70’s ….pre call waiting and cell phones etc. I can remember countless fights with my parents to get off the phone in case someone needed to call for an emergency. I do not have a solution…..It seems like it will never end

Wendi January 12, 2009, 7:01 PM

I think this is just insane!! I have an 11yr old and a 13yr old and they have phones that are only pay per use type. I spend $10 every 3 months for them to have 30 minutes. The ONLY reason they have a cell is if I need to get ahold of them or in case of emergency. I think that they do not NEED to talk to kids all the time. We do have a home phone if they want to call their friends, but honestly they do not have any interest in it. I make it a point to keep my kids busy and stay on top of their grades. They are in sports and have school, that is enough to keep them going. If a kid has that much time on their hands, then the parent needs to be more involved and MAKING them do other things besides sitting aroung texting.

Sherry January 13, 2009, 2:27 AM

I honestly don’t see why she’s being punished. I mean, why get her texting if she can’t use it at certain times? She already had unlimited so it’s not like she caused him to pay any extra money.

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Disgruntled Teen March 4, 2010, 10:10 AM

I am a text addict teen. Last month I had 22,000 texts sent betweeen the 27th of Jan and the 27th of Feb. I’m 19 years old and have a life. Feel free to attack me about this because I kno all of you overprotective mothers will. I text all hours of the day, I go to school, work fulltime, and sleep maybe 3 hours a nite. It is MY life and I use it how I want. This girl is 13 so it may be a bit out there for her to have that much freedom but I kno what I’m doing and I sure as damn well will do what I want, and my mother is trying to tell me I can’t.

anon July 18, 2010, 10:47 AM

what the ——!? do people even text while they’re using the bathroom? (“hey. wats up. im peein rt now” *send* )
its like people are living inside their cellphones and not in the real world.
people think cellphones improve interpersonal communication, but in reality communication is degrading…no one wants to talk anymore, text writing isn’t any good, now people are texting people sitting right next to them, and also sexting.
people even text while driving their car and they don’t even care how dangerous it is. (only thing that might make them listen is to tell them they can’t text if they’re dead from an accident). good grief!

(fyi:I am a teen, not an overprotective mother)

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