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Text messaging reaches new high
Man texting
Text messaging is no longer the preserve of teenagers
The British love of text shows no signs of abating as numbers sent hit record levels.

According to the Mobile Data Association (MDA), 2.1 billion text messages were sent in March 2004, a 25% rise on the total from the same month last year.

On average, around 69 million text messages are sent every day in the UK.

Older people are also catching the bug and using text in an increasing variety of ways.


Regular listeners to the independent radio station Saga Radio, which is aimed at the over 50s, have been flooding the station with messages following the launch of a texting facility.

It is evident that in the last five years texting has grown from a popular craze among teenagers to an essential communication tool.

"The launch of text messaging at Saga Radio shows how versatile text messaging is, which makes it an attractive form of communication for everyone," said Mike Short, chairman of the MDA.

Text messaging show no signs of abating. The March figures are an increase of nearly 80 million on February's total.

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