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Is Sending Text Messages on the Decline?
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on May 06, 2013 @ 4:18PM
Created on May 05, 2013 @ 7:01PM

Police in our area told 5 News that even with the current texting ban and a new law starting in July, which will make talking on your cell phone a primary offense, they haven't seen much of a drop in the use of either. But, one study did show the number of sent texts dropped overall last year.

In 2011, 2.3 trillion people sent and received text messages. The following year, that number dropped to about 2.2 trillion. That may not seem like a big drop, but it is a five percent decrease.

One reason for the drop could be because more people are using chat applications like Viber and WhatsApp.  That means people aren't texting, they're just finding a different way to do it.

One cell phone user says texting is still her preferred method of communication.

Jessica Moore of Monongalia County said, "I feel like it's easier to talk to someone through text than it is calling, because you can say more of what's on your mind. Things that you wouldn't normally say in person or via phone."

Text messaging really took off about six years ago and just seems to be evolving, not really going away.

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