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Texts for all except mum, who gets a call on phone

BRITONS send millions of texts, Snapchat and WhatsApp messages every day — but the person they are most likely to make a phone call to is mum.

We prefer to text our partner while friends are the most likely recipients of WhatsApp messages, researchers found.

Social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are also a popular choice for friends to keep each other in the loop on a daily basis.

But mum is still the word when it comes to actually taking the time to have a good old-fashioned chat on the phone.

It also emerged more than half of the population find communicating through social media more convenient than talking on the phone.

Sophia Ahmad, director of Sky Mobile, said: ‘We have more people to keep in contact with now than ever before.

‘But making a phone call isn’t always the most popular way of talking to friends, family and loved ones. For some, there will be people they never speak to over the phone, and instead only chat to over sites like Facebook or through messaging.’

The study also found Britons now make just three calls a week from their landlines, usually to call their mother. But they will dial out 14 times on their mobile phones, with mum and their partner the most likely recipients of their calls.

One in three people claims that their parents are pretty much the only people they actually speak to on the phone nowadays, according to the research conducted through

It also emerged people have various ‘group chats’ with two friendship-based conversations, two for family members, one for work colleagues and one for a club or sports group.