Readers share a report: The text message was sent on Dec. 3, 1992, by British Neil Papworth to Richard Jarvis, an executive at British telecom Vodafone. Typed out on a PC, it was sent to Jarvis’s Orbitel 901, a mobile phone that would take up most of your laptop . Although Papworth is credited with sending the first text message, he’s the so-called father of SMS. That honor falls on Matti Makkonen, who initially suggested the idea back in 1984 at a telecommunications . But texting didn’t take off over night. First it had to be incorporated into the then-budding GSM standard. Today, about 97 percent of smartphone owners use text messaging, according to Pew Research, and along the way, a new of sub-languages based on abbreviations and keyboard-based imagery has evolved.

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