Without texting, we wouldn’t know how to tell people in three letters that something is laugh out loud (LOL). We wouldn’t have a quick way to express dismay (SMH) and we wouldn’t live in a world where most emotions come down to one emotional image like 😉.

The technology, Short Message Service or SMS, all started with the 16-character message “Merry Christmas.”, sent 30 years ago (December 3) by Neil Papworth, a programmer working on mobile communications technology. But it will be almost another decade before texting and emoticons (character combinations that replace concise facial expressions like 😛 ) sweep through society.

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