The First Text Message Was Sent 20 Years Ago Today On December 3rd 1992, a 22-year-old Canadian test engineer sat down and typed out a very simple message, "Merry Christmas." It flew over the Vodafone network to the phone of one Richard Jarvis, and since then, we just haven't been able to stop texting. Things couldn't be more wildly different today. In 2010, the world sent over 6.1 trillion messages, or roughly 193,000 per second. And that's just good old-fashioned SMS, not the dozens upon dozens of services it's inspired. So while you're launching your daily flurry of textuals, take a second to consider the fact that your inane contributions are part of an unimaginable avalanche of data. It's txting's bday u guys, LOL.[Wikipedia] What an impact it has had on our world.