Text messaging has become one of the most popular forms of communication on the planet. Billions of text messages scream across the mobile airwaves each and every day. Texting is so popular and pervasive that it has spawned it’s own shorthand language.
But what does it all mean?
At Scratch Wireless we have a keen interest in the texting phenomenon, so we put together this infographic, titled “Textually Active,” to take a closer look at how texting impacts our daily lives, and to help you translate and master the curious language of text messaging.
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Title: Textually Active
Wut R U rly saying?
After 20 years of ongoing messaging technology, texting is still as popular as ever. We’ve even developed a kind of text language with complexity and subtle nuances. What does it all mean?
(Based on Acision study of 2,000 respondents in the US and UK)
- 92% of smartphone users use SMS as their primary messaging serviceNumber of texts sent per month in 2000: 14 billion
- 46% say SMS is more reliable
- 40% say they use SMS because of the speed
- Number of texts sent per month in 2010: 188 billion
- 69% of all respondents said they “would be lost” without the ability to text
- Men text more than women (an average of 17 regular contacts)
- they send shorter messages
- they generally see texting as a functional form of communications
- Women have an average of 13 regular text contactsMen are 3x more likely to text work colleagues than women
- they tend to send longer messages
- more likely to say “I love you” via text (54%)
- they often use texting to deepen relationships
- 15% of mobile users in the UK reported calling in sick via text
- 18-25 year olds send an average of 133 texts per week (19 message/day)
- almost double the amount of any other age group
- 94% of 18-35 year olds send text messages
- only 19% use Skype and Twitter on their phones
- 55% of those 55+ send texts to their family
- 19% of those 25 and under text family members
- 45% of them send texts to friends
Say that to my face
- Most people say things via text that they would not say in person
- There is concern that we may lose parts of our relationships to technologyTexting does not effectively communicate feeling, body language, tone or subtle inflections
- ability to communicate face to face
- physical/emotional connection
- Psychologists are concerned about the effects of texting on teens and younger children
- Talking face to face helps us know how to communicate with others and with ourselves
- Texting can be appealing partially because it helps us avoid pain and discomfort
- Why is that dangerous?
- Pain in relationships is important
- Complexity and messiness in relationships leads to better relationships
- Visual queues are a vital part of meaningful communication
- Why is that dangerous?
What does your punctuation communicate?
- Meaning: You’re ready to end the conversation
- (with) I’m going to my friend’s house.
- implies finality
- (without) I’m going to my friend’s house
- implies being open to further communication
- Meaning: You care about the details
- The apostrophe is often neglected in texting
- It’s perfectly acceptable to type “Youd”, “Youre” and “Id”
- Including the apostrophe implies you care about doing things right
- Exclamation Point!
- Meaning: Excitement, playfulness or desperation
- Exclamation points can communicate interest, but are easy to overuse
- (without) Ok. Let me know if you want to go grab some coffee.
- implies nonchalance
- (with) Ok! Let me know if you want to go grab some coffee!
- can appear overly excited and desperate
- Meaning: You’re overthinking this
- Most people don’t use semicolons in casual, conversational writing
- It implies that you’ve probably thought about this, agonized over it, edited and revised your text
- Meaning: You want to liven up the conversation
- Emoticons can be flirtatious, fun, or childish
- They shouldn’t be overused (especially if you’re a guy)
- Too many smiley faces makes you seem immature