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Flirty Brits blow 3 billion a year texting

19 October 2007  |  2926 views  |  0

You're lovely, fancy a date?

According to price comparison service uSwitch, a poll of 2000 adults reveals that the Brits send 235 million flirty text messages a month. We're a romantic lot. That equates to 3 billion quid a year. It's not clear whether this has seasonal variations - Valentines, office Xmas party season etc but it's a huge amount.

Interestingly around forty percent of adults are more likely to send a message than use the phone to call to arrange a first date. Perhaps it's cheaper? I hope they at least bother to spell it out properly rather than use ghastly textspeak - somehow fncy a d8 wouldn't work for me. It all seems just a little bit cowardly to me.


The survey also reveals that:

  • nearly 6 million people in Britain have been dumped by text
  • one in four never let their partners read their sent and received text messages saying 'some things are just too personal'
  • around half have sent a text they later regret

Perhaps most disturbing of all, 3 million Brits apparently send 'saucy' picture messages to their dates. The mind boggles.


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I was the technical lead on the Finextra family of web sites from 1999 to 2009. I'm at UCL these days supporting Moodle.

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