In an age where technology enables people to be easily accessible, why do we prefer to avoid personal interactions?
Since the revolutionary breakthrough of SMS messaging in 1992, out of the 83 percent of American adults who own cell phones, 73 percent of them send and receive text messages. This has steadily grown from 58 percent back in 2007.
In 2009 – 2010 Americans sent 1.8 trillion SMS messages. Along with 56.3 billion MMS messages – messages with photos or videos – a 187 percent increase from 2008, according to the CTIA, the International Association for the Wireless Telecommunications Industry.
Now, 19 years later, one in three Americans prefer texting to talking on the phone, according to a study released in September by the Pew Research Center.
Young adults, considered those between the ages of 18 and 24, have become the leaders in text messaging. On average, this group exchanges 109.5 messages on a normal day compared to 41.5 messages daily for adults, according to the Pew study.
These numbers are impressive, unless you’re the one forking out for the cell phone bill each month.
Texting’s rising popularity has much to do with the economics. Cell phone providers charge less for text messages than for calls. Competition among providers has allowed for unlimited texting plans to become more affordable for the average user.