The Text Message Turns 20 Today: What We’ve Learned From Celebrities’ Biggest Texting Gaffes

Spencer Cain

On December 3, 1992, the world as we know it changed forever. Neil Papworth, a 22-year-old engineer sent the first text message. It read “Merry Christmas.” Now, 20 years later, texting is a part of our daily routines, and has become the easiest form of communication in our constantly evolving technological climate. To celebrate the big day, we decided to take a look back at celebrities and how they’ve integrated texting into their lives.

As is the case with so many things, stars and their questionable behavior often serve as a primer on what not to do, and that’s exactly what we’ve compiled for you. In the slideshow, we’ve offered up clear rules on how not to text as illustrated by some of the most famous celebrities today.

Click through the gallery and let us know—what’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you as a result of a text? 

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