Essential Report

Main form of communication

Nov 11, 2014

Q. What is the main way you communicate with friends and family? 

 

Total

 

Men

Women

 

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Mobile phone

33%

39%

28%

34%

37%

26%

Text messages

21%

18%

24%

37%

17%

9%

Landline phone

20%

18%

21%

3%

20%

39%

Email

10%

11%

9%

5%

9%

18%

Facebook

9%

6%

11%

12%

10%

4%

Letter

*

*

*

*

Twitter

*

*

*

Other

4%

5%

4%

5%

5%

3%

Not sure

2%

2%

2%

3%

2%

1%

33% mainly use mobile phone to communicate with friends and family, 21% mainly use text messages and 20% mainly use landlines.

Women are more likely than men to use text messages (24% to 18%) and Facebook (11% to 6%) while men are more likely to use mobiles (39% to 28%).

By age groups – those aged under 35 are most likely to use text messages (37%) and mobiles (34%), those aged 35-54 are most likely to use mobiles (37%) and those aged 55+ most likely to use landlines (39%).

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