A text message may exist just on your phone screen, but its effects are everywhere you look. Here are ten facts about how text messaging is changing the world around you.
1) In 1985, Friedhelm Hillebrand found that most complete sentences and questions ran around 160 characters—a.k.a. the current text-messaging cap. Care to guess this section’s length?
2) Research shows that elementary school students who text are actually better spellers than their students who don’t text.
3) The text message was born in the U.K. on December 3rd, 1992. A software programmer sent “Merry Christmas” to his phone’s mobile device. A personal computer was used since mobile phones didn’t have keyboards at the time.
4) British surgeon David Nott performed a life-saving operation on a teenage boy in the Congo. He had never done the surgery before—few in the world had—but he pulled it off by receiving text message instructions on the procedure from a colleague.
5) If you’re curious as to the best time to reach your audience, studies show that the peak hours for text messaging are from 10:30-11:30 P.M.
6) Texting is so popular that among adults aged 26-35 only 1 out of every 10 people would prefer to meet up face-to-face rather than send a text message.
7) The original Nokia phone beep was actually Morse code for “SMS.”
8) 51% of women want a text message instead of a card on special occasions.
9) Tony Blair was the first prime minister to use text messaging to answer voter’s questions. His successor, David Cameron, used to sign off his messages LOL thinking that it meant “Lots of Love.”
10) Teenager Marcel Fernandes Filho recently became the world’s fastest texter by writing this message in 18.19 seconds: “The razor-toothed piranhas of the genera Serrasalmus and Pygocentrus are the most ferocious freshwater fish in the world. In reality they seldom attack a human.”
These are just ten mini-stories from text messaging’s ongoing narrative. In the past twenty years, it has saved many more lives and changed many more places than those listed here. Is your company a part of that story? If not, do they want to be? Email us today at firstname.lastname@example.org!