On December 3, 1992, 22-year-old Neil Papworth sent the first ever text message from a computer to a colleague. The message simply read ‘Merry Christmas’. Mr Papworth had been working as a developer and test engineer to create a messaging service for the British phone company Vodaphone. One year later in 1993, Nokia introduced an SMS feature with a distinctive ‘beep’ to signal an incoming message. At first, text messages had a 160-character limit, but early adopters got around this by inventing ‘txt spk’. (Welcome to the world of ROFL, STFU, ILY, GTG, SMH and BTW). These would later inspire the creation of the first emojis, which were invented in Japan in 1999. That same year texts could finally be exchanged on multiple networks, propelling them into greater popularity than ever before. Now texts are so popular that we hardly even need to communicate verbally any more! It will be 25 years of texting as of tomorrow. How could we have done without them?