Texting is 30, which means most adults don’t remember life before that

Without SMS, we wouldn’t know how to tell people in three letters that something is loudly funny (LOL). We wouldn’t have a quick way to convey dismay (SMH) and we wouldn’t live in a world where most emotions are reduced to a single, emotional image like 😉.

The technology, Short Message Service or SMS, all started with a 16-character message, “Merry Christmas,” sent 30 years ago today (December 3) by Neil Papworth, a programmer working on mobile messaging technology . But it would be nearly another decade before texting and emoticons (character combinations replacing pithy facial expressions like :-P) would sweep through society.

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