Text messaging dwindles in several countries

Text messaging used to lord over the Telecommunications business. During those days were Androids and iPhones were still at the planning stages, the SMS was a key contributor to the popularity of cell phones and the boom of the industry.

But according to Forbes, text messaging is now currently sliding out of the picture as a number of countries have reported a decline in texting over the 2011 holidays compared to other years during the same period.

M.G.I. Research senior analyst Tero Kuittinen said in a written statement to Forbes that during the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, SMS messages were low compared to the previous year.

He said that, “it’s quite possible that the SMS erosion will hit AT&T and Verizon in 2012 or 2013. The fast fade of SMS usage in countries that were most obsessed with text-messaging tells us how difficult it is to project rates of decline of aging technologies – and how unfaithful consumers can be to services that they have loyally used for 15 years.”

Finland was also included in the list as Sonera, Finland’s top carrier, said that there was a 22% decline in text messaging during the holidays of 2010 and 2011.

Individuals attribute the decline of SMS to social networking and free messaging services over the Internet.

Though there is a rapid decline in text-messaging, people are still not giving it up completely.

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Survey says sexting is more common than you think

In a recent survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found out that sending explicit content (yes, nude or near-naked photos) through a text message, is participated by teenagers too.

According to the survey conducted among 800 teenagers from June 26 to September 24, 4 percent of teens aging from 12-17 years old who own cellphones have actually sent nude or semi-naked photos of themselves to someone else via text message. Fifteen percent of the same age group has received these materials from people they know.

The survey also shows that older teens are more likely to send and receive these sexually provocative images via sexting. Eight percent of 17-year-olds with cellphones have sent these kinds of images and 30% have received these images.

Who pays the cellphone bills is a factor too. According to this survey, those teens that pay for their own phone bills were more likely to participate in sexting. It showed that 17% of teens who foot their own bills send sexually suggestive images via text while only 3% of teens who do not pay, or pay only a fraction of the cost participate in sexting.

Lastly, the survey conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that there are three main scenarios for sexting. The first one occurs between two romantic partners, the second between two people who are not yet in a relationship but where at least one person hopes to be. The last and the ugly side of this is when the images exchanged between partners are being forwarded and shared to people outside the relationship.

This survey is part of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project which tracks the effect of the Internet on American life.

Source: http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1440/teens-sexting-text-messages?src=prc-latest&proj=peoplepres

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