Thursday, September 20, 2012

Texting Facts

I do not understand the popularity of text messaging...and I'm a text messager! I can't figure out why people with "cell phones" designed to "talk" to other people use it more frequently to write them a message. But, I am well aware texting is incredibly popular. 

Below are some interesting facts about texting:

Matti Makkonen is considered the father of text messaging.

The first text message was sent on December 3, 1992 by Neil Papworth. The message read "Merry Christmas".

Texting, as most of us call it, is more officially known as "Short Message Service" or SMS.

The average subscriber in the US sends over 500 text messages a month.

95% of 18-29 year olds use text messaging.

Over 60% of Americans text message on a regular basis.

The most text messages sent by one individual in a single month was 200,052.

Sonja Kristiansen set a Guinness World Record for speed texting by sending the following message in an astonishing 37.28 seconds: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality, they seldom attack a human." 

The peak hours for texting are 10:30PM-11:00PM

A typical text message is delivered in ten seconds or less.


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