20 years since first SMS

Today is 20 years since the first ever text message was sent.

An Ofcom study found that 90% of 16-24-year-olds text daily to communicate with friends and family, compared to only 63% who talk face to face.

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Text messaging celebrates 20 years

Today marks 20 years since the first text message was sent to a mobile phone.

The first ever text was sent on December 3 1992, when Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old British engineer used his computer to send the message "Merry Christmas" to an Orbitel 901 mobile phone.

Text messaging is 20 years old today Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

According to research by Ofcom, the media regulator, the average UK consumer now sends around 50 text messages every week.

In 2011, more than 150 billion text messages were sent in the UK, which was almost triple the amount sent five years previously in 2006 - when 51 billion texts were sent, according to an Ofcom report.

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