A new Ball State University study says text messaging has far eclipsed e-mail and instant messaging as college students'
favored way of staying in touch.
The findings show that 97 percent of students now send and receive text messages, while only about a quarter of them use
e-mail or instant messaging.
Ball State journalism professor Michael Hanley also found that smart phones now account for 49 percent of mobile communication
devices on college campuses. That's up more than 10 percent since last October.
He says that except for studying, students are quickly leaving computers and e-mail behind.
Hanley says college students' hectic lifestyles are behind their embrace of smart phones and texting. He's surveyed
5,500 students for his ongoing research.