It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?

It's 2017, and SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?
Recently, one of the most fortunate developments in the history of mobile, the text messaging system, turned 25. 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 graph below, courtesy of Statistic Brain:

That is why we were curious to hear whether 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. So, are you still using text messages, and how frequently you hit your phone's SMS app to shoot those 160 characters of good ol' plain text with no Animoji to spice things up?

SMS messaging turned 25, are you still texting?

Very often
Very rarely



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

"Isn't it funny? You hear a phone ring and it could be anybody but a ringing phone has to be answered, doesn't it?" And that's why I rely on texts because you never know if the caller is a sociopath on the other end asking about... "What's your favorite scary movie" and willing to do some nasty stuff! I personally rely on texts 90% of the time. The only time I make a call is when I've something urgent to discuss and need an immediate response which happens quite rarely, thankfully! G'Day!

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Here's an interesting trivia: "More than 350 of text messages per minute can be transmitted at the same data rate as a usual voice call (9 kbit/s)".

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Out of that many number, how many of it is broadcast message from cell provider, ads/promotion from membership, or notification from your bank? I've just checked the source, and it say 12million messages/month at 2000, and it grow 30x from 2001 to 2003. IIRC I get a 3310 at 2000 :D

4. Cat97

Posts: 2021; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Handwriting turned 3000, and I'm still writing.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

How old is spoken language again?

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Does neanderthal count? If not, around 100.000 years otherwise 500.000 years ago.

7. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Ofc it is universal. It doesn't care about what app you use or brand of phone. So why use anything else?

8. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Kids and their new science gizmos

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1603; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I text, everyone has a phone number and the ability to text. All those other apps can be nice, but than you need different apps for different people because not everyone uses the same apps.

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

SMS doesn't require, or use, data. There are still millions of flip phone users out there with no other way of texting except good ole T9 hunt and peck. Don't miss my RAZR one bit.

11. gamehead unregistered

texting is better than calling

12. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Having hearing issues I prefer to text

13. markobarko

Posts: 176; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

I have a job (salesman) so calling is no.1, mailing no.2 and texting no.5. No Snapchat or similar. But my kids have it, so is more age related here.

15. royman

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

You should consider progressing with the times. Mostly everyone I know will ignore a call if they don't know the number (or sometimes ignore because they DO know the number.) Text messages get your point across better since the person on the receiving end can deal with it on their own time. Theres a reason the stigma with getting cold calls is so negative, that reason is because A.) no one wants to be cold called and B.) no one wants the call at a time they don't want to deal with it.

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