Interesting Mobile Texting Facts & Figures
Youth Text 2004
This was an initiative that enabled young Canadians to use their cell phones to engage in a dialogue with Canada 's political parties during the federal election. Kids could send text messages to various politicians asking them questions about issues that interested them.
King of SMS. In November 2004, a seventeen-year-old from Utah became the world's text messaging champion. Ben Cook typed his way into the Guinness World Book of Records by using his cell phone to type 160 characters in just 57.75 seconds. The message was: "The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human."
Students using text messaging to stop bullies. Students in the UK are using a new service that enables them to send a text message if they are being bullied. Schools are promoting the phone number that students can forward harassing messages to which the schools then follow up on.
- The response rate to text messages is on average over 90%
- On average 80% of mobile phone users carry their phone all the times