On December 3, 1992, a 22-year-old engineer named Neil Papworth sent the first-ever text message to his friend Richard Jarvis. It was sent from his PC computer, and Jarvis had no way of inputting a reply into his Orbitel 901 landline phone, but it was nevertheless the advent of a new type of communication. Nokia didn’t debut the first text message-enabled phone until 1993, and texting remained expensive and inconvenient for years after that, but by 2008 it had become a part of daily life.
The use of surveillance software by abusive spouses to monitor the phones and computers of their partners secretly has reached “epidemic proportions” and police are ill-equipped to tackle it, domestic violence campaigners have warned.
Message-sent is often different than message-received
Professing your love (or lust) takes just a few seconds of typing in the age of flirtexting, also famously known as sexting. While ‘XOXO’ stands for hugs and kisses, ‘French’ is the new tongue-incheek for French Kiss and ‘IWSN’ (I want sex now) is the best way to tell your ‘LOML’ (also known as the Love Of My Life) how much you ‘< 3’ (love) them.
A survey by the American Legacy Foundation found that 25 percent of American smokers said that worrying about the economy made them smoke more every day.
Unveiled today, the third annual “IBM Next Five in Five” is a list of innovations that have the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years.
Senator Barack Obama used one to announce to the world his choice of a running mate. Thousands of Americans have used them to vote for their favorite “American Idol” contestants. Many teenagers prefer them to actually talking. Almost overnight, text messages have become the preferred form of communication for millions.
The days of number plates being merely a mechanism to register vehicles are coming to a rapid end.
Love hath no bounds when sent through a text message
The tools of courtship have changed. Move over SMS, MMS and texting, the latest trend is sexting – the sending of x-rated text messages or photos to someone on the cellphone. It’s like having a complete foreplay experience via text messaging.