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Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in SmartPhones |

The SMS turns 20

The SMS turns 20

On December 3, 1992, exactly 20 years ago, it sent the first text message worldwide. Only say ‘Merry Christmas’ (Merry Christmas) and was sent by an engineer from Vodafone to another employee of the firm.

Because the tool, it took about seven years to take off, at first was to be used as a form of internal communication within the company and not as a product. Neil Papworth, the engineer then only 22, was unaware of what I had just done.

However, soon convinced messaging users who still rely on text messages in bulk, even though the advent of applications such as WhatsApp or, more recently, Line.

So, over the past year were sent 8 trillion text messages worldwide, an average of about 15 million per minute, as recorded by The Guardian . Adults between 18 and 25 send about 133 a week.

Moreover, the average sent per day by American teens is 60, 10 more than just 3 years ago, according to a study by Pew Internet in May. Moreover, 70% of young people between 12 and 17 years using this type of service, but the most active are those with at least 14 years, with an average of 100 messages per day.

This makes the SMS is the most common form of socialiaci√ɳn this group, even over the phone calls, social networks, or even face to face meetings after school.

Anyway, in Pew also remember that among adolescents is much less common to find smartphone users. Thus, only 23% have a smartphone.

But between these devices using the SMS also is present. Moreover, several studies show that users prefer to send messages to telephone and a large percentage of them consider this one of the basic tools of your phone, even though it with access to the Internet, social networks email.