Are phone calls becoming a thing of the past? According to new figures, the volume of phone calls in 2011 dropped for the first time ever with people preferring to text friends and family instead of making a phone call to them. In fact, texting in the UK now has more than a 10% advantage over mobile calls and with the 16-24 year olds being the driving force behind this shift, it doesn't look like things are going to reverse back any time soon. Texting is not only quicker but to generation Z, who have been brought up with texting technology, it is also much easier.
Despite teenagers and young adults saying that they prefer to talk face to face, 96% of 16-24 year olds use some form of text based application to communicate every day according to data supplied by Ofcom. James Thickett, Ofcom's director of research said 'our research reveals that in just a few short years, new technology has fundamentally changed the way that we communicate'.
Another factor likely to be affecting the way we get in touch with each other is the increased number of smartphone owners which make sending a message as simple as muttering a few words to your device or just clicking a button. 39% of adults now own a smartphone and 42% of these owners say that their smartphone is their most important way of accessing the internet.
Unsurprisingly, social networking is also on the up as a method of communication along with the number of tablet and e-reader owners. The research found that in the UK the average household now own three different types of internet enabled device with 15% owning an impressive 6 or more devices. This increasing diversity in devices and ownership is helping to accommodate the shift from taking to texting as a means of communication.
Thickett said 'talking face to face or on the phone are no longer the most common ways for us to interact with each other. In their place newer forms of communications are emerging which don't require us to talk to each other especially among younger age groups. This trend is set to continue as technology advances and we move further into the digital age.'