February 02, 2010, 11:09 AM — Brits send 11 million text messages every hour, says the Mobile Data Association.
According to research by the organisation, 265 million text messages were sent every day in 2009 - a total of 96.8 billion for the year, while 1.6 million picture messages were also daily during last year, amounting to an annual total of 600 million.
The figures for 2009 are up on the 56.9 billion and 78.9 billion text messages sent in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Steve Reynolds, chairman of MDA, said: "These statistics show that even with new social media forms of messaging such as Twitter and Facebook, people are using SMS as a social messaging tool because of its simplicity and ubiquity".
"There remains a significant and still developing role for text messaging. In a seemingly relentless tide of status updates, tweets and pokes, the UK population's love affair with mobile messaging for instant, on-the-go communication continues to deepen."
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