It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting? (poll results)

SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?

Very often
48.49%
Occasionally
27.11%
Very rarely
24.41%

Since recently one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25, we asked if you still text instead of chat, now that 2017 is closing to an end. Teens have been compulsive texters for a while now, sending sometimes a hundred messages per day, but these were stats from two or three years ago, and Snapchats may have taken over. Well, it turns out they didn't, as almost half of our respondents say they still text very often, while less than a quarter text rarely. We'll see if the Animoji trend spices things up enough for texting to stop its unrepentant year-on-year growth here in the US.

Developed as part of a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) project for Vodafone UK in 1992, it was initially meant as a way to deliver testing and carrier messages, but the Finns from Radiolinja noted the potential, and were the first to offer it as a retail person-to-person SMS text messaging service to its subscribers in 1994.

The rest is history, and, contrary to popular belief, the switch to iMessage, WhatsApp, Messenger, Snapchat, Skype, Viber and the like, hasn't put much of a dent on the increase of the number of text messages sent in the US each year, as you can see in the Statistic Brain's table below.


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6 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I remember what a bombshell 'telegram' was back in the days when I was a little boy who used to run around half naked! And now, a certain gadget the size of our palm can send and receive telegram like short text messages across the globe instantly in milliseconds for absolutely FREE! Ah! Who would've thought, eh? G'Day!

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1497; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Well it is not realy free, since you pay for your mobile data or wifi ;) Other than that it's incredible, that you are able to reach friends everywhere in matter of miliseconds.

4. sirohunter

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

I started reading your comment and thought of telegram the app lol

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6723; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The last 100 years is mind blowing when you look at how slowly we had been progressing as a species before.

3. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

Occasionally, Whatsapp regularly.

5. sirohunter

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

iMessage all the time, occasionally the green bubbles.. if u know what I mean :p

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