III. Reasons for Texting
IV. Negative Effects
2. Texting and Driving
The mobile phone, invented in 1979, by Douglas Han is one of many ways that has changed the way our society communicates. With the mobile phone comes a list of features and capabilities such as checking emails, Internet, taking pictures, viewing and recording video, and video calling. Out of all the features that are available with mobile phones, SMS has become the most commonly used feature in popular culture, especially with teenagers.
The concept of being able to send and receive text messages via a cell phone was first thought of in the 1980’s. Various companies played around with the idea, but the SMS concept was developed in the Franco-German GSM cooperation in 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert. They came up with a way to transmit short (128 byte) text messages using the existing cell phone signaling format.
Short Message Service (SMS) began as just an idea of the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) in the mid 1980s; it wasn’t until the early 1990s that phone companies started to visualize the possibilities commercial. On December 3, 1992, before cell phones were designed to output individual letters of the alphabet, Neil Papworth, a 22-year old engineer from Finland sent the first text message from his computers keyboard to his friend Richard Jarvis, who was attending a Christmas party in England, the message simply said “Merry Christmas.” Three years later an SMS commercial service was launched in the United Kingdom.
1. A written message sent by means of a mobile phone.
2. An electronic message sent over a cellular network from one cell phone to another by typing words, often in a shortened form, as “l8t” for “late” on the phone’s numeric or...