In Germany, people communicate a lot via short message services such as SMS or Messenger. Germans were allowed to send around 300 billion short messages to each other in the Corona year 2021, according to a survey by Bitkom Research. Women communicate no more than men: both sexes receive an average of 13 messages a day.
People aged 16 and over were surveyed. The age group between 16 and 29 has the highest number of employees, with an average of 18 notifications per day. About 9 percent of them say they receive fewer than 10 messages a day. A majority of 51 percent receive between 10 and 20 short messages, with one-third of this age group receiving more than 20 messages.
The older, the less
Among 30- to 49-year-olds, an average of 15 short messages still land in inboxes on smartphones. The number decreases with age: members of the 50-64 age group receive 11 messages a day, while older people aged 65 and over receive 9 messages a day.
Overall, 40 percent of respondents in all age groups receive between 10 and 20 text messages per day. 17 percent receive between 5 and 10 messages per day. Quarter of respondents receive more than 20 text messages. Only 11 percent receive fewer than 5 messages a day.
On average, people in Germany receive 13 short messages a day.
810 million short messages per day
As the Bitkom survey revealed, some 810 million short messages are said to arrive on cell phones every day. About 88 percent of all German citizens over the age of 16 own a smartphone or cell phone, according to Bitkom Research. This corresponds to 61 million people.
"Especially during the Corona pandemic, many keep in touch with friends and family members and can quickly and easily exchange pits, photos and even videos", says Bitkom boss Bernhard Rohleder.
That women communicate more than men was not shown by the survey in the area of short messages. Both sexes received an average of 13 messages per day.
The survey was conducted by Bitkom Research in January 2021. For this purpose, 1005 people in Germany aged 16 and over were surveyed. 883 of them used a smartphone or cell phone.