US Cell Phone Subscriber Trends

One of the few good things you can say about David Brooks’ thesis that SMS has ruined love is that relative to your average “things were better back in the day” crank old man thesis, he’s given us a pretty definitive claim about the source of the problem—text messages are to blame. This chart showing the growth of mobile phone usage in the United States helps set an outer limit on the Death of Romance:

Cell Phone Projected Growth 1

As you can see here, romance died in a staggeringly rapid manner. In the mid-1990s things were fine (as seen in Reality Bites), but by ten years later everything had been ruined.