Texting had it’s 20th birthday Monday, celebrating two decades of contributing to the decline of verbal communication. The virgin text was sent on December 3rd, 1992 by British software engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, director of the telecommunications at Vodafone. It read simply, “Merry Christmas.” One small text for nerd-kind, one endless journey towards an epidemic of emoticon-loving, acronym-regurgitating, emotionally misinterpreted button tapping.
Today, 2.2 trillion texts are sent per year in the US alone, with 8.6 trillion sent worldwide, with a projected rise to 150 billion in 2013. Texting remains the most widely used form of communication, beating out social media sites and especially phone conversations.