Cheating Aussies busted by SMS: report

Telstra State of the Nation survey finds Queenslanders the worst offenders

A quarter of Australians have busted their cheating partners because of text messages, according to new research.

According to the Telstra State of the Nation survey of 1201 respondents, Queenslanders are the worst offenders with 27% reporting they have discovered cheating partners compared with the national average of 22%.

Men were reported as the worst SMS cheaters, with 26% of women finding saucy text messages on their partners' phones compared to 16% of men.

Close to half of "Generation Y" respondents have busted cheating partners by discovering raunchy SMSs, compared to 34% of those aged between 24 and 35.

SMS cheaters were more common in metropolitan areas (24%) compared to those in regional Australia (17%).

About 27% of West Australians admit to having sent intimate messages to the wrong people, compared to the national average of 20%.

Only 16% of NSW residents admit to sending SMSs for lovers to the wrong recipients.

More than half of Generation Y respondents would rather text than meet in person or make a phone call, according to the report.

A quarter of the 18 to 24 year old age group send more than 10 text messages a day, over the Australian average of one to five SMSs.

Half of women surveyed reported they use mobile phones to "look busy", compared to 39% of men.

A third of respondents admit to texting in the cinema, followed by business meetings, funerals and weddings, and in church.

Social researcher and futurist Mark McCrindle said in a Telstra statement the report reflects the general lifestyles of Australians.

"The fact that one in three prefer texting to other communication forms signals the natural fit of this technology to our increasingly time poor, busy lifestyles," McCrindle said.

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