Texting 'most popular way to stay in contact'

Texting is now the most popular way to stay in contact, an Ofcom report has found. In 2011, more than 150 billion text messages were sent in the UK:

  • 90% of 16-24-year-olds text daily to communicate with friends and family, compared to only 63% who talk face to face
  • The average UK consumer sends around 50 text messages every week
  • Only 67% of people make daily phone calls

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20 years since first SMS

Today is 20 years since the first ever text message was sent. An Ofcom study found that 90% of 16-24-year-olds text daily to communicate with friends and family, compared to only 63% who talk face to face.