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Reality check time: For the most part, when it comes to communicating these days, we opt for the quickest and most direct way possible.
As with emailing, in the 2010s, the sending of short informal messages has become an accepted part of many cultures.
This makes texting a quick and easy way to communicate with friends and colleagues, including in contexts where a call would be impolite or inappropriate (e.g., calling very late at night or when one knows the other person is busy with family or work activities).
As of 2017, text messages are used by youth and adults for personal, family and social purposes and in business.
Governmental and non-governmental organizations use text messaging for communication between colleagues.
With 35 percent of Americans (and 38 percent of women!
) saying they send sexy texts, it's fair to say the US is sextually active.
Advertisers and service providers use direct text marketing to send messages to mobile users about promotions, payment due dates, and other notifications instead of using postal mail, email, or voicemail.
The service is referred to by different colloquialisms depending on the region.
Or, if you’re not actually at the bar, you can always just send your crush a “thinking about you… Oh, and speaking of possible regrets, Frankly provides the ultimate luxury: letting you un-send a text, and depending on the retracted content, maintain your dignity.
naked” message along with a tequila shot for him/her to redeem later. While this app may be to new to the game, frankly, it's creating quite the stir. What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include this hook-up app giant?
It may simply be referred to as a "text" in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, an "SMS" in most of mainland Europe, or an "MMS" or "SMS" in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.