For the first time ever texting is losing popularity in Great Britain.
The annual Technology Predictions Report says the number of text messages passed around by Brits dropped by 7 billion last year.
The report says more people are turning to instant messaging applications over traditional texting. The report predicts people in the United Kingdom will send 300 billion instant messages and only half as many texts. It says texting costs money, but usually instant messaging is free. Another popularity factor was that instant messaging on snap chat, facebook or whats app doesn't require knowing someone's telephone number to connect.
The smart phone market is booming for the baby boomer generation, but the study says where the youth leads others will follow. Parents want to be in touch with their children so they will communicate with them on platforms the kids choose.
This technological turnover is said to be a sign of the times. Texting technology is about 20 years old which is starting to become the new lifespan for technology in our day and age.