Texting has become a major part of western culture over the past decade or so. Various individuals ranging in age from young to old are texting regularly on a daily basis — and the number of users who are texting seems to be continously growing as technology advances.
Texting is by far the most frequent form of communication amongst teenagers, where verbal phone communication takes up about 40%, and face to face interaction at only 35%.
In fact regular texters between the ages of 18 and 24 tend to send out an average of 110 messages per day, which works out to more than 3,200 messages per month.
So with so many people text messaging on a regular basis, what are they all talking about? What are the advantages and uses for the frequent messager? Lets take a look.
Texting has become an integral if not required part of dating and courtship in our current day and age. Unless you are of an older generation, it is almost implied that messaging will occur sometime after getting the number, unless verbal communication is otherwise specified.
In turn this has bred an entire industry within the dating niche for teaching people (mostly men) the proper ways of texting, for proper courtship and flirting to occur. Learning how to text a girl you like has become a source of income for many dating coaches, and a method of getting a girlfriend for the future exceptional text messager.
In fact even starting a text conversation with a girl is a concept that leaves most people in our culture dumbfounded. The amount of pressure in our society to be socailly adept is huge. When people are able to communicate with dozens of people at the same time — making a good first impression is absolutely essential for courtship to progress further.
Sexting is also another part of the equation. Studies have shown that roughly 28% of teens using their phones are sexting; which is much higher than previously recorded times have shown.
Texting is also used in our culture for business transactions and related issues. Such things as tracking delivery packages and parcels are now a breeze. Exact times and dates are easily recorded when messaging comes into play; and hasty replies and concerns can be addressed instaneously.
Such other business related things like juggling multiple clients, better customer service, subscription services, discreet messages, schedules, and news can all be easier achieved via texting.
Since text messaging broke into our culture over a decade ago, it has since become ever growing in popularity and a crucial staple in many peoples day to day lifestyles. It is hard to predict what the future will bring, but texting seems like its going to be around for the long haul.