June 15, 2009
Dare to Text? You Would be Suprised!
I have to admit, I use my phone for a lot of different things beyond making voice calls. I use it look up addresses, surf the web, manage my calendar, and even snap an occasional picture or two! One of the most useful functions on my phone is definately the ability to send and receive SMS messages. When I hear a sweet track on the radio, SendMe Mobile can deliver thousands of ringtones directly to my phone via SMS within seconds! Pretty darn cool! SMS messaging, or texting as it is more commonly referred to, can also make day-to-day communication easier by eliminating unnecessary conversation and saving those precious voice minutes. Running late? Need the address? On your way? No need to call… Just text it to me! SMS saves us time, money and can reduce the number of awkward conversations you have to be part of right? Yes, but in order to avoid that unpleasant conversation, some poeople just take texting way too far!
iGR, a Texas based consulting firm focused on the mobile industry released the findings of a recent survey that examined the content of people’s text messages. They looked at the purpose behind sending these text messages and the results are surprising to say the least. A whopping nine percent of consumers surveyed sent a text message intending to end a relationship or cancel a date via SMS and seven percent of those surveyed said they received such a text message in the prior month! That is a pretty impersonal way to break it off with your significant other, but it doesn’t stop there. According to the survey, three consumers actually asked their husband or wife for a divorce via text message. Although this is not a huge number, it is quite telling the lengths to which people will use SMS for even the most important life decisions. But it’s not all bad news! One percent of consumers surveyed proposed marriage over text and one percent of women surveyed sent a text to tell their partners that they were expecting! I definately agree that text messaging can make life a lot easier, but IMO some things are better left said in person, or at the very least over the phone! See the full press release here.
Posted by A. Sogal at 4:35 pm