Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, has performed a research which discovered that most UK adults prefer to send a text message instead of making that phone call – making it the most preferred method of communication over a featurephone or smartphone. The average UK phone user is said to send around 50 text messages each week, and if you were to total that up, 150 billion text messages were sent in 2011, where just five years ago, the figure was 30% of that amount.
Not only that, Ofcom’s research points out that the number of text messages which were sent by post-pay subscribers increased in volume by 22% last year, in comparison to nearly a dozen per cent for pre-pay subscribers. This trend does not seem as though it is going to stop anytime soon, considering how more folks are relying on contracts instead of pay-as-you-go tariffs. Which category do you fall under – do you think you make more calls than you text?
Come to think of it, you can get a whole lot more information across in one minute of talking compared to 60 seconds of texting – but I guess texting does have one major advantage – it is proof of what one party has ‘said’ to another.