Teens still prefer SMS

You might think teens are obsessed with messaging apps like Kik, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger — and you’d be right — but SMS text messaging still rules.

According to a recent survey of more than 1,000 teens by the Pew Research Center, old-fashioned texting is the dominant way teens keep in touch with their friends, beating out instant messaging apps and really old-fashioned face-to-face meetings.

  • 55% keep in touch with their friends every day via SMS.
  • 27% use instant messaging (IM) with their friends every day.
  • 25% see their friends every day F2F.
  • 23% use social media sites like Facebook to communicate with friends every day.

As tech news site Business Insider notes, “Texting is still the only universal way to get in touch with all your friends (at least if they have a cell phone with text capabilities, and who doesn’t?). Most messaging apps work only with friends who happen to be on the same platform.”

The Pew research data was compiled by Statista and published by Business Insider.


About Dylan Tweney

I'm the publisher of SMS411.net and of several other sites, including daily haiku/micropoetry site tinywords.com. In my day job, I'm an editor.
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