My son, a senior in college, communicates with his family more by text message than any other way. We occasionally do talk “live” on the telephone, but the favored means of communicating for his generation (besides Facebook) is by text message. Young people would rather not interrupt what they’re doing to take a phone call (especially from a parent!), whereas text messaging allows them to stay in touch on their own time schedule, and possibly keep the “conversation” brief and to the point (especially with a parent!).