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Texting is 30 years old, which means most adults have no memory of life before it

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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