Text Message Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: CTIA, Nielsen
Research Date: 6.18.2013
Text messaging, or texting, is the act of typing and sending a brief, electronic message between two or more mobile phones or fixed or portable devices over a phone network. The term originally referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS). Standard SMS messaging uses 140 bytes (octets) per message, which translates to 160 characters.
Date Number of Text Messages Sent Each Month
June 2012 423,000,000,000
June 2011 367,000,000,000
June 2010 247,000,000,000
June 2009 161,000,000,000
June 2008 75,000,000,000
June 2007 45,000,000,000
June 2006 12,500,000,000
June 2005 7,250,000,000
June 2004 2,860,000,000
June 2003 1,200,000,000
June 2002 930,000,000
June 2001 33,000,000
June 2000 12,000,000
Date Average Texts Per Month Per Subscriber
2011 432
2010 404
2009 389
2008 357
2007 218
2006 108
2005 62
Demographics Data
Total number of text message enabled users 98.7 million
Median age of text message user 38
Percent male 49 %
Age 18-24 19 %
Age 25-34 24 %
Age 35-54 22 %
Age 45-54 19 %
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