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SMS ‘or text messaging’ was a ground-breaking technology in mobile phone culture. The first text message ever sent was in December 3rd, 1992. Despite its early limitations of 160 characters per message, its popularity grew immensely and was particularly trendy among the young, who enjoyed multi-tasking between their studies and communicating with their friends.

 

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http://www.itk.ilstu.edu/staff/drathke/277web/WebContent/reading/SMSoverview2.pdf

 

The one jinx about text messaging, however, was its usage by consumers while driving. As a driver myself, I am aware that many countries have laws against talking on the phone or texting while driving. Personally, I see nothing wrong with talking on the phone while driving because I am still able to focus on what I see while going along the road. It would be just like talking to a passenger. However, I understand the dangers of text messaging while driving, as it forces me to look at my phone and take my eyes off the road. There have been many campaigns raising awareness against texting (the act of text messaging) while driving. Here is one by AT&T that I found to be quite an impact.

 

Sources:

http://theweek.com/article/index/237240/the-text-message-turns-20-a-brief-history-of-sms

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEov-dnhFI4

http://mashable.com/2012/09/21/text-messaging-history/

http://www.itk.ilstu.edu/staff/drathke/277web/WebContent/reading/SMSoverview2.pdf

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dht-Vy25jPs

http://sunnybrae.edublogs.org/2014/03/20/keep-informed-sign-up-for-sunnybrae-text-messages/

http://www.gifsforum.com/listofmemes/gallery/Text-messages-fail

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