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Women dominate texting craze
Woman sending text message
Women find texting best way of staying in touch
Women are at the vanguard of the texting revolution in the UK, a survey has found.

According to the Mobile Data Association, 74% of women say they have used text messaging in the last two minutes compared with just 26% of men.

The study also has good news for forgetful spouses, with about half of women saying they would rather receive a text message than a card on special occasions.

A similar number also said that texting was their preferred way of keeping in touch with friends and families.

Premiership texting

SMS mobile phone technology seems one thing that women understand better than men.

Two-thirds of women described themselves as text competent compared to only a third of men.

"Women are more confident when it comes to texting," said Mike Short, Chairman of the Mobile Data Association. "42% of recognise text as a way of sharing a popular interest with their children."

Text messaging shows no sign of abating with monthly figures continuing to rise.

On 11 May 65 million messages were sent, although it is likely that on this occasion they were dominated by men.

It was the last day of the Premiership and football fans across the UK contacted each other via text to celebrate or commiserate on their team's progress.

In March, text messaging reached an all time high of 1.7 billion messages sent during the month.

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