If you had to ballpark it, how many text messages would you say Canadians send out yearly?

The Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association reports that Canadians sent out a total of 78 billion in 2011. That's about 2,500 text messages for every second last year.

This represents a 40 percent increase from 2010, when nearly 56.4 billion messages were tallied.

BTW, the number of sent MMS messages, those with pictures, video or audio, also rose to 326.7 million in 2011.

While parents of text-obsessed children might be shaking their heads at the prospect of increasing fees, wireless providers are likely rubbing their hands with glee.

The three majors, Rogers, Bell and Telus have reported almost a 34 percent increase in data revenue growth in 2011, according to the Convergence Consulting Group.

Not surprisingly, smartphone use, which now sits at 45 percent of Canada's 25 million wireless subscribers, is one of the biggest contributors.

With smartphone use expected to jump to 56 percent by 2012, we'll be seeing much more of the overused 'LOL' each and every day.

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