Texting now more popular that talking, according to a new survey
TEXT messaging is now the most popular form of daily communication between adults, new figures show.
After years of increased use, the amount of time adults spend speaking on a mobile phone has dropped for the first time.
According to a British survey, the average person now sends 200 texts a month.
Text messaging has overtaken speaking on a mobile phone and face-to-face contact as the most-used method of daily communication between friends and family.
More than half of UK adults use text messages at least once a day to communicate with family and friends.
This is more than the figure for face-to-face contact (49pc), speaking on a mobile phone (47pc) and social networking (33pc).
Despite the figures, British adults say that they would prefer to meet (67pc) or speak on the phone (10%) than communicate by text (5pc).
But the trend looks set to continue, with text messaging used by 90pc of 16 to 24-year-olds to communicate at least once a day with friends and family, followed by social networking (74pc), mobile phone calls (67pc) and face-to-face contact (63pc).
The time spent on a mobile phone is down for the first time, from 125 billion minutes in 2010 to 124 billion last year, while calls made on landlines continued to drop by 10pc.
The report also found that British adults spent 3.3 hours a month social networking on a PC or laptop in 2011, up from 3.1 hours in 2010.
James Thickett, Ofcom's director of research, said: "Over the past year there have been some major shifts in the way we communicate with each other.
"By far the most popular means of communication on a day-to-day basis is by text messaging."
He added: "We have known for several years that the volume of calls on a landline has been falling.
"But for the first time ever we have seen the volume of calls on the mobile phone also declining."
He said this was partly due to the take up of smart phones - enabling people to communicate using social networking, instant messaging or email.
He said: "Texting is seen as a traditional means of communication these days but it is still continuing to grow."
Mr Thickett added: "Our research reveals that in just a few short years, new technology has fundamentally changed the way that we communicate.
"Talking face to face or on the phone are no longer the most common ways for us to interact with each other.
"In their place, new forms of communications are emerging which don't require us to talk to each other - especially among younger age groups.
"This trend is set to continue as technology advances and we move further into the digital age."