People in the UK are now more likely to text than to make a phone call, according to new research from Ofcom.
While 58% of people communicated via texts on a daily basis in 2011, only 47% made a daily mobile call, said the country’s communications industry regulator.
It said the shift away from traditional ways of keeping in touch was being led by young people aged 16-24.
The average UK consumer now sends 50 texts per week while fewer calls are being made on both fixed and mobile phones.
For the first time, there was a fall in the volume of mobile calls – by just over 1% – in 2011, while landline calls were down by 10%.
Source: BBC – Texting overtakes talking in UK, says Ofcom study