'Texting' preferred method of staying in touch for 90 pct of young Britons
A majority of youngsters in Britain use text messages to communicate with friends and family daily, according to a report.
On the 20th anniversary of the sending of the first text, an Ofcom study has found 90 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds use the old method daily to communicate, compared with 63 per cent who talk to others face to face.
Talking by telephone was also less popular than texting with only 67 per cent saying they make daily calls, the Telegraph reports.
According to the paper, the Communications Market Report 2012 also found that texting was most prolific among 12 to 15-year-olds, who send an average of 193 texts every week.
Girls aged between 12 and 15 text significantly more than boys, sending an average of 221 messages a week, while boys of the same age send 164 a week, the report said.
The report said that even young children form part of the trend, the average eight to 11-year-old sends 41 texts each week, almost double the number sent in 2011.
However, the first half of 2012 saw two quarterly declines in the volume of SMS messages, falling slightly from their peak of 39.7 billion in the last quarter of 2011.
According to the paper, the drop could be attributed to people using alternative forms of text-based communications, such as instant messaging and social networking sites.