smsAs of the recent release of the Motorola Droid, I’ve started diving deeper into some of the features that separate out phones more and the inclusion of a full qwerty keyboard has become essential today.

Excitingly enough, I’ve been given the opportunity to review the Motorola Droid from Verizon Wireless for the next couple weeks, and I was doing some background research on how important the feature of a real (not virtual) qwerty keyboard is on new phones released. My investigation led me to an interesting article about the large volume of text messages sent daily across the nation here in the US; if you text, you’re going to want to see this…

From an article found here on Yahoo! Tech, its reported that their is an estimated 740 billion texts sent yearly which averages to an astonishing 4.1 billion a day…11.7/person (man, woman and child)- even those who do not have texting plans or even cell phones for that matter.

The article goes on to compute some pretty eye opening numbers with approximating the average length of a text, the average length of a book and the average number of characters in both and goes to show that the amount of characters texted every day equals 656,000 novels…a day!

I’m pretty blown away by that data. I’ve actually watched how many texts I personally send in a day and have become self conscious about how many times a day I reach for my cell phone.

With the new Droid here, I’m curious as to see whether the switch to a phone with a bigger more spacious keyboard than my Blackberry will lead me to feel more inclined to text or email more?? I was actually under the impression that the lack of one will remove any temptation or discourage more texting because it might be harder without the inclusion of a keyboard that types easy.

Maybe its just self control?? Your thoughts?