Is Text Messaging Usage Declining?


Is Text Messaging Usage Declining?

Since the 3rd of December 1992 mobile phone users have had two successful decades of interacting with each other via text messaging (sms) This answer to almost instant communication revolutionized the way we communicate with each other and has been used almost everywhere across the planet.

For many years now text messaging has been an integral part of the communication system, however, there have been reports from various reliable sources that this once “revolutionary” form of communication is in decline.

Is Text Messaging Declining?

There is no denying the fact that text messaging has revolutionized the personal, social and business communication of people from all over the world in the past 20 years. It is estimated that four billion people around the world use text messaging to interact with each other. However the number of text messages sent each year in many developed countries has been reported to be declining in recent years. This fall in text messaging usage has been attributed to the emergence of new forms of communication.

Text messaging is still very popular eventhough their are many apps available

In the first half of 2012 their where two quarterly declines in the amount of text messages sent in the UK (Q1 2012: 39.1 billion; Q2 2012: 38.5 billion), this is a slight fall from the peak of 39.7 billion in the 4th quarter of 2011.
In the U.S the decline is also only slight, messages sent are down 3% to an average of 678 texts a month in the 3rd quarter — analysts worry that this hints at a major shift in mobile communication, with smartphone users turning to apps likes Viber, iMessage and Skype.
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Alternatives of Text Messaging Services

People are increasingly turning to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter which offer alternative forms of text-based communications, such as instant messaging and digital communications. As a result, SMS is starting to show the sign of decline. The pace of technology is so fast moving that people are quickly adapting to it. More people have access to the Internet and various Internet-connected devices, such as smart phones and tablets making it convenient and cheaper to use web-based communication services. But that does not mean that text messaging will go away, rather the forecast is that it will gain popularity in the next few years due to the increase in mobile banking and Mcommerce in many countries.

Final Thoughts

The availability of a wider range of communications tools has revolutionized messaging in the developed world, in particular the way people are communicating with each other on a personal level. People are sending fewer text messages as a result, instead they are using instant messaging apps more than ever because of there comparatively low cost when compared to most alternatives. Text messaging has been used widely over the last 2 decades not only to communicate with each other but also to seal business deals, send love notes and even marriage proposals. But the popularity of alternative forms of applications has made people wonder whether text messaging is still as popular as ever?

Author: Karen is a passionate photographer and will not go anywhere without her iPhone. You can check out her website here if you want to learn more on her.

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