The humble text message, which celebrates its 21st birthday Sunday, is past its prime for the first time in history, as new figures show a declining trend of SMSing.
After doing everything from sealing deals to shattering hearts for over two decades, text messaging volumes have declined for the first time, a new report has found.
From the world’s first message — “Merry Christmas” — on December 3, 1992, the use of texts exploded after 1998 when the UK’s four major mobile-phone companies introduced “pay-as-you-go”.
New figures from media regulator Ofcom however saw two quarterly declines — by over a billion — in volume of SMSes sent in the US and UK.
“For the first time, SMSes are showing signs of decline,” The Independent quoted James Thickett, Ofcom’s director of research, as saying.