Texts good for communication?

The first text message was sent 25 years ago

Cosmopolitan

Stop letting your group chat analyse all his texts

Screenshot through the heart, and your group text's to blame.

If you glanced at my camera roll a few years ago, there was about a 70/30 ratio of actual photos I took versus text screenshots: empirical evidence of countlessly annoying dating experiences. There were one-sided gray bubble columns from guys who were an unfortunate combo of clueless and horny; aggressively pretentious assertions about my taste in TV if I preferred The Simpsons over Futurama; and - the smallest demographic - guys I actually liked but couldn't fully decode over text.

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text messaging | telecommunication

Text messaging, also called texting, act of sending short messages with cell phones using the Short Messaging Service (SMS), which has a limit of 160 characters per message.

SMS was developed in the United Kingdom in the late 1980s, and the first text message was sent on December 3, 1992. An SMS commercial service was launched in the United Kingdom in 1995. Text messaging did not take off, however, until it became possible to send messages between the four main British cell phone networks in 1998.

The number of messages sent in the United Kingdom grew from one billion in 1999 to some 30 billion in 2005. In the United States text messaging emerged later but expanded rapidly. From 30 million messages sent in the United States in June 2001, the monthly traffic grew to about 7.3 billion in 2005 and 14 billion in 2008. Worldwide, the number of text messages sent each year is approaching one trillion, and the major wireless companies report that users now do more texting than talking on their cell phones.

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