Sore thumbs, texting declines
NEW YORK- Texting is declining as Internet applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to take over. Texting was once the cash cow for phone companies. The CTIA-The Wireless Association says Americans are texting about 19 times a day, down about 5 percent.Text message became the rage in 2007 as costs came down and phone companies started selling monthly "bundles" of texts. Now, many phone companies give texting away for free. That's helped stop a mass migration to Internet chat applications and Facebook messaging, but texting is still on the decline.