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SMS Texts Abandoned For Instant Messaging

For the first time ever the number of text messages sent has fallen, with instant messaging apparently taking over as the way we communicate with our family and friends.

Deloitte's latest technology predictions report shows an estimated 145 billion SMS messages were sent in 2013 in the UK, seven billion less than in 2012.

In the same period 160 billion instant messages were sent, a huge jump from 57 billion in 2012.

In 2014 they predict the number of traditional texts will continue to fall, but a staggering 300 billion instant messages will be sent.

Gareth Beavis from TechRadar told Sky News: "I think instant messaging has been on the rise for a long time. It's so much easier to use, there are so many more things you can do with it.

"While text messaging will always have a place in the industry and in people's hearts, there are going to be more things people want to do like send pictures and video easily, and with smart phones on the rise you can do that much more easily now."

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