Sending text messages is now the most popular way for British adults to communicate with one other on a daily basis, according to a new survey.
Talking on a mobile phone became less common last year after a long period of growing popularity, but the use of text messages has continued to increase.
The average British adult now sends 200 texts a month, Ofcom's Communications Market Report found, more than double the figure of four years ago.
More than half (58 per cent) of adults now say they use text messages at least once a day to communicate with family and friends, while only 49 per cent meet people face-to face on such a regular basis.
Forty-seven per cent speak to close ones on a mobile phone every day, and 33 per cent communicate daily via social networking.
Despite the figures, British adults say that they would prefer to meet (67pc) or speak on the phone (10pc) than communicate with people by text (5pc).
Guilty! I tend to organise most of my life via a text message. Just looking thorough my sent messages for the last few days and there is around 10-15 day.
Sometimes it would actually be quicker to phone the person and tell them what I want tot tell them as well! I wonder if it's because texts are essentially free for most people?