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Tuesday, 19 October 2010 08:28

SMS replaces talking

Written by Nick Farell
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Can't say we have noticed
Traditional phone calls are being killed off by SMS messages, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently humanity has lost interest in actually communicating and is instead trying to say all it needs too in short SMS messages.

While this is marginally better than grunting and hitting someone over the head with a club, it does indicate that perhaps technology is dumbing humanity down in the same way that Big Brother did in the 90s. Beancounters at Nielsen, at the request of The Wall Street Journal, analyzed cellphone bills of 60,000 mobile subscribers.

The early looks at Nielson's figures were all about how teens were spending so much time texting people. It apparently was easier to “tut tut” about that then look at the more dramatic changes which were happening.

The figures found adults made and received an average of 188 mobile phone calls a month in the 2010 period, down 25 per cent from the same period three years earlier. Average monthly "talk minutes" fell 5 per cent for the period compared with 2009; among 18- to 24-year-olds, the decline was 17 per cent. Adults sent and received 323 texts a month in the second quarter of 2010, up 75 per cent from a year ago, Nielsen says.

The WSJ thinks that texting is considered less of an invasion of someone's time than is calling. This resolves a big problem that people have with mobile communication. They like the fact that they can contact people, they just don't like people contacting them. Texts resolve that problem.

Nick Farell

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+2 #1 function69 2010-10-19 09:13
I guess I'm "old fashioned" - I don't text much, still prefer hearing a voice of a human being :)
 
 
+6 #2 yasin 2010-10-19 09:43
sometimes texting is just easier-who is going to hear your voice on the tube?
 
 
+1 #3 RickyT23 2010-10-19 09:50
Big Brother wasn't around in the ninetys. Not till 2000...
 
 
+3 #4 thematrix606 2010-10-19 10:35
I don't understand... to have a SMS conversation requires a LOT more time ( and this is including the fact that most people can type fast ) and is also a lot more expensive.

It's not even easier either. You can't do anything else while typing.

Talking = much much easier, faster and cheaper.

The reason is simple: teens feel more and more insecure. Parents are currently not doing their best, as you can easily see all around the globe.

Please prove me wrong.
 
 
+1 #5 bloody 2010-10-19 13:30
Quoting thematrix606:
I don't understand... to have a SMS conversation requires a LOT more time ( and this is including the fact that most people can type fast ) and is also a lot more expensive.

It's not even easier either. You can't do anything else while typing.

Talking = much much easier, faster and cheaper.

The reason is simple: teens feel more and more insecure. Parents are currently not doing their best, as you can easily see all around the globe.

Please prove me wrong.


I can't because you are absolutely right.
 
 
+3 #6 iicsus 2010-10-19 17:40
There's another reason texts are preferred. Say you receive the following: "hey man, need 2 move some furniture, can u come and help?". Just think of how many excuses you can come up with while typing as opposed to talking :-*
 
 
0 #7 yasin 2010-10-19 18:10
i fail to see how unlimited texts are more expensive than calls on pay as you go.
 
 
0 #8 thomasg 2010-10-19 19:08
Quoting yasin:
i fail to see how unlimited texts are more expensive than calls on pay as you go.


I agree, I have 5 lines and 2000 minutes, but unlimited texting. We do a lot of texting, and never go over minutes, but if we didn't text so much there is no way we could all survive on 2000 minutes/month
 

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