Are You Textually Active? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Twenty years of ongoing message technology, and we’re still screwing up and misinterpreting one another’s messages. Because body language, tone, and facial expressions are luxuries that text messages do not afford, we’ve had to make do by trying to match those subtleties with clever acronyms and emoticons. But even after we’ve developed a universal text shorthand, it’s not hard to get lost.

Now before we go further, let’s talk about who is texting who here. As a whole, men have a larger number of regular contacts than women do, 17 and 13 contacts respectively. While men send short messages and see texting as mainly a means of functional communication, women are more likely to infuse personality into a text message. The average young adult (18-25 years old) sends 133 text messages per day to friends, while older texters (55+) generally text their family. SMS is the most popular medium for text messaging, as 92% of smartphone owners use it as their primary source. The speed and reliability are the most appealing features for users, which is why they stick with it.

So how can we read between the lines when texting? Tone and mood can be detected in punctuation and emoticons. A period at the end of a text usually means the conversation is over and a response isn’t required. Exclamation marks convey excitement or eagerness, but they can also indicate desperation. Emoticons liven up a conversation and these days there are hundreds to choose from. From the basic smileys to flowers and hearts, from holiday themes to little piles of poo, emoticons are a staple in any text-based conversation.

Take a look at this infographic for more. What are your texting habits? Let us know in the comments and don’t forget to like and share.

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