The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

18 April 2005

Seek mode

Does this sound vaguely familiar?

With more than 30 million registered text users sending more than 30 billion text messages each month, it's clear that romance seekers ... will not be without a date for long. More than 50,000 people are registered for SMS (short messaging service) in Missouri, with 8,800 in the St. Louis area alone, suggesting that many people are beginning to realize that their cell phone can also be the key to a successful dating life.

Brian J. Noggle can trace this sort of thing back to 1820 or so. And forward, even.

("Shopping, sex and shopping for sex propel all new technology." — Penn Jillette)

Posted at 3:33 PM to Table for One

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By the U.S. definition of Billion, 30 Million sending 30 Billion messages a month works out to 1,000 messages EACH, per month, on average.

That means the average SMS user would send more than 30 messages per day.

Posted by: Ravenwood at 6:11 PM on 18 April 2005

I think I've sent ten in four years, but then I'm hardly average.

This figure does seem a bit inflated, doesn't it?

Posted by: CGHill at 6:40 PM on 18 April 2005

Or maybe they just don't want to say that it's really spam.

Posted by: sya at 7:10 PM on 18 April 2005

Hmmm. Now that's a possibility. I've gotten about five or six text messages that could be construed as spam. (My monthly quota is 50, so I didn't pay that much attention to them.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:18 PM on 18 April 2005