This may come as a shock to some, but cell phones are now more frequently used for their other cellular accessories than for making phone calls. According to the CTIA, the wireless industry association, text messages being sent per individual increased by more than 50% last year, while the number of phone calls has remained constant, and the number of voice minutes has fallen. This news comes despite the fact that most people are switching to cell phones from their land lines.
Many wireless officials predict that in a few years, users will be charged by how much media they use, not by their talk minutes. And users feel that their cellular accessories better allow for them to multitask with social media – rather than imposing their schedule on another person, they can converse when convenient, and often with more than one person at a time.
Communicating, in general, seems to be moving toward a more text oriented regime, with the constant information updates on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The result will soon be cellphone accessories that allow the user to stay online, and chat, combining the social applications of the internet and the ease and convenience of text messaging.