I’m genuinely glad that I didn’t grow up in a world with cell phones and social media, but I’m also very thankful that I can text family and friends now (and potentially never have to speak to another person for the rest of my life). We all take texting for granted now, but a software developer changed our lives in a huge way on December 3, 1992. That’s the date the first text was sent.
The man we can all thank is Neil Papworth.
He was only 22 years old in 1992 when he sent “Merry Christmas” via text message to a colleague named Richard Jarvis at Vodafone in England. Papworth sent the message from a computer and Jarvis received it on an Orbitel 901.
Twitter users reacted to the 25th anniversary.
Thank you Neil! Now it’s time to go back to staring at my phone for the rest of the day…
h/t: Pizza Bottle