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Indian Youth is Hooked on to Text Messaging

As telecom companies try to outdo each other with attractive and cheap SMS plans offering hundreds of free messages daily, it has transformed the communication patterns of youngsters in India, with 60 percent of those surveyed choosing it as the preferred mode of communication, an industry lobby said Wednesday.”Communication patterns of young India” was conducted by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) between January and April and 2,000 youngsters from 12 to 20 years of age were interviewed in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Kolkata, Patna and others, with Delhi topping the list.

“Nearly 70 percent of Delhi’s youngsters prefer messaging over other forms of communication like face-to-face conversations, voice calling, social networking, instant messaging and e-mailing, whereas the national figure stands at 60 percent,” said the survey.

According to the survey, while 70 percent of youngsters in Delhi send and receive between 100 to 125 text messages daily and over 3,000 texts each month while another 15 per cent are texting 75 to 100 messages daily. Around 50 messages are exchanged daily by 10 percent and meagre five percent respondents said that they send around 30 to 40 texts daily.

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