During New Years Eve and the first hours of New Years Day people in Holland sent a total of about 40 million SMS messages. I found that quite a lot of messages, on a population of a little over 16 million people. But then I saw the figures for Shanghai just now. Shanghai has about 17 million people, so only a few people more than in Holland, but during the same timeframe there were a total of 244 million SMS messages. That is 6 times as much! And this is just Western New Year, Chinese New Year (this year on February 18) is much more popular and will likely see an even higher amount of messages.