Miamians Are the Most Impatient Texters in the Nation

Miamians Are the Most Impatient Texters in the Nation
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When it comes to texting, Miamians have an outlook similar to the one Jay Z takes about hookers on his hit "Big Pimpin'": "I got no patience/And I hate waiting." 

When a Miamian texts you, he expects an almost immediate reply, more so than anyone anywhere else in the nation. At least that's according to Bank of America's latest survey, "Trends in Consumer Mobility." 

The survey shows that 77 percent of locals say they expect a response to a text in less than an hour. And 63 percent admit they'd prefer a reply within ten minutes. To put that into context, only 43 percent of texters nationally say they expect a reply that soon. 

Even in San Francisco, a city so tech-obsessed and time-crunched that its industry regular churns out apps aimed at instant gratification, has much more patience than Miami. Just 44 percent there thought a reply time of more than ten minutes was rude. 

To come to the conclusion, Bank of America surveyed  1,004 respondents throughout the country about their specific smartphone and mobile device usage. They the bank asked an additional 300 consumers in each of eight major metro areas, including Miami. 

On no other question do Miamians stand out more from the pack than when it comes to texting patience, but other answers are of note. 

Miamians, more than the national trend, still prefer a good phone call. The survey found that 29 percent said a phone call was their preferred method of communication, compared to just 21 percent nationally. Perhaps because there's no perceived lag time in text response elsewhere. 

The bank also found that 77 percent of locals admit to taking selfies (slightly higher than the national rate of 73 percent), and a full 25 percent take one at least once a week (national: just 19 percent).

Miami, however, was edged out just slightly as the selfie capital of America. Apparently, not only do 77 percent of Houston residents take selfies, but 29 percent also do so weekly. 

Maybe that's because Miamians are too busy trying to promptly reply to all of those text messages to have time for such regular selfie sessions. 


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