January 3, 2009

166 Million Text Messages in Great Britain on New Year's Eve

As Vonda Shepard croons in that memorable episode of Ally McBeal, “What are you doing new year’s eve?”

If you are like many people in Great Britain – and, presumably, the United States – you were text messaging.

According to a recent post in engadgetmobile.com, O2 UK – a large, British provider of mobile phones – recorded 166 million text messages over its network between 7:30 a.m. on December 31, 2008, and 7:30 a.m. on January 1, 2009. That’s about 1,900 messages per second. Or, put another way, three messages for every man, woman, and child in the country.

Though no numbers have been released for the comparable period of time in the States, some analysts say we send twice as many text messages as those in Britain.

Any cures for thumbs with text hangovers?

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