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Ring my bell, y'all: Texans are lame texters, but great talkers
As an Ohioan by upbringing, I always assumed that Midwesterners were the chattiest, friendliest folk in the land.
Until I moved to Texas.
Texans love to talk. Love it. They will chat you up anywhere, from discussing your career aspirations while at Target to dishing about your favorite place for margaritas while at the gynecologist.
It's inescapable, but it's kinda quaint, too.
Suffice it to say, even the most congenial northerners ain't got nothin' on the southern folks, y'all. The art of gab has been perfected in this neck of the prairie.
And now there are statistics to prove it.
A recent Nielsen study found that southerners are the most communicative lot in the United States, when examined purely by region. Texans average more than 800 minutes of telephone talk time per month, eclipsing other populous states like California, New York, and Illinois.
In contrast, Texas doesn't earn top honors for its text messaging affinity. My home state — and even Mississippians and Kansans, for pete's sake — whip our Texan hides raw with their zippy thumbs. Texans average a decent 500 to 600 texts per month, compared to the chart-topping texters of 600 or more in other states.
The results here, it seems, are as clear as day. You southerners still want to get down and cool the seats of your saddles.
Make no mistake about it: Texans love people. This state's got more guts than you can hang on a fence when it comes to personal relationships. It's what makes the merry go 'round.
And there ain't no need to be apologetic for that. Just don't let your mouth overload your tail.