Anti-Social Brits Would Rather Text Than Talk

By Gary Cutlack on at

The shyness of the nation has been exposed by new data from communications regulator Ofcom, which has found that we'd much rather communicate by impersonal text message than go to the effort of making an actual voice call.

Ofcom reckons 58 per cent of people sent text messages on a daily basis in 2011, against a figure of 47 percent for voice calls. The texting trend is impacting on both mobile and fixed line calls, with both voice calling options seeing a drop in usage as we continue to switch our mundane chatting needs over to SMS messaging. The average person sends 50 texts a week, so they say, totalling some 150 billion a year.

Ofcom's data also covers the nation's TV watching and radio consumption habits, finding that, on average, we watch four hours of TV a day in 2011 -- up from 3.7 hours the previous year -- with 37 per cent of the country also engaging in a bit of streaming catch-up viewing on the old desktop computer.

There's also a little bit of good news for those championing the switch to digital radio, with Ofcom saying some 40% of adults now own a DAB radio of some sort, with radio industry revenues managing to notch up a small increase year-on-year.

As for the rush to embrace tablets, Ofcom says 11 per cent of us now own a tablet of some sort, a huge leap over the 2 per cent figure from just 12 months earlier. [Ofcom via BBC]

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