Just a scant 20 years ago on December 3, 1992 the first text message was sent.
What was it?
Remember it was sent on December 3rd which as we all know is Christmas ... nowhere. Twenty years later that probably would have read ...
"Mry xmas ho ho LOL"
Since then texting has lead to: the decline of the English language; been evidence in cases of adulterous celebrities and politicians; has been the bane of the existence for parents worldwide; provided countless moments of humor from bad texting; and essentially created a generation of youth who don't ever use their phones to make phone calls and don't know how to have an actual conversation.
It's all Neil's fault
Neil who? Neil Papworth. Mr. Papworth, a then 22-year engineer with IT company Sema Group, created the message on a PC and then sent it Richard Jarvis of Vodafone, on his Orbitel 901 handset. So technically, while it was the first text message to a phone, the first actual phone to phone text came a year courtesy of Nokia.
Once the floodgates were opened there was no turning back. Now billions of messages later, texting has become one of the most common forms of communication we have around. One has to wonder, what will become of texting 20 years from now?