OMG, Happy Birthday To You,Text Message!

WTF! Text messaging is celebrating its 20th birthday! Chances are that the text message is older than those who utilize it the most! LOL.

Did you know that the first-ever text message was sent December 3, 1992, by software engineer Neil Papworth, to Vodafone director Richard Jarvis? Jarvis received the message on a Orbitel 901 cell phone. The message typed was “Merry Christmas.”

But are teens the only group who utilize text messages? Research suggests the answer to that question is “no.” It seems as if a great number of adults in their 20s and 30s are using text messages in order to communicate with others.

Also, many companies offer services and information sent to phones via a text message. So are text messages helpful or do they take away the ole-fashioned “face to face” communication that many of us know and love?

Texting is a popular feature around the world. In fact, texting transcends age groups and cultures, Why the love and growing popularity of text messaging? Text messages can be on just about any mobile device, whether it’s an expensive smartphone or a disposable flip phone.

In fact, here are some fun facts about text messaging that will really have you ROTF!

1. Many emergency response call centers are beginning to accept text messages sent to 911.

2. According to data gathered from the Guinness World Records, Melissa Thompson set the record for fastest text. In 2010, she took 25.94 seconds to type and send, “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”

3. A recent study at Rice University suggests that women are twice as likely to use “emoticons” in text messages, but men use a wider variety of “emoticons” 🙂

4. There is legislation that addresses texting and driving. In fact, many states have laws that prohibit texting and driving. Check with your state.

So happy birthday text message and may you BJTOLFYTC! (bring joy to our lives for years to come…catchy? no? yes?)

OMG! Check out the related video below on text messaging!

Cicely C. Mitchell, Mix 96.5/Houston

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