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The remarkable thing is it was far more efficient and explosive then we expected it to be.On Sunday the Short Message Service, or SMS, is turned 25. First SMS sent on December 3, 1992, saying “Merry Christmas“.

It changed the face of communication. Before SMS, to communicate with someone you at least had to answer the phone and talk to them or you had to be sitting at your desk and open an email.

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The first text message was sent on Dec. 3, 1992, by British engineer Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone, who was attending his company’s holiday party in Newbury, England.

Texting has become so popular that most Americans would instead type it than say it. US smartphone users are sending and receiving five times as many texts compared with the number of phone calls each day.

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“I had no idea just how popular texting would become, and that this would give rise to emojis and be messaging apps used by millions,” Papworth said.

SMS-capable phones were only just available in 1993, Papworth typed out the first text message on a computer.