Text Messaging Turned 20 Yesterday
In case you didn't hear, yesterday was the 20th birthday of the first text message. On December 3rd, 1992, a British engineer named Neil Papworth sent a message from his computer to a friend's cell phone that said "Merry Christmas."
Today, the average person sends 678 texts every month. But texting fell for the first time ever last quarter, mostly because of alternatives like Apple's iMessage or free messaging apps like WhatsApp.