YESTERDAY marked 20 years since the invention of text messages and boy, have things changed.
What was once used sparingly as a means to send simple messages as "get milk on your way home" or "Mum, come pick me up" has become a necessity for most.
The service can now be used to remind people about doctor's appointments, overdue bills or even vote off your least favourite reality TV star.
Warwick teenager Keisha McWhinney admits to being somewhat of a texting addict and was given her first phone at the age of 10.
"I probably send 1000 texts a day - I text everyone," she said. "I really wouldn't last very long without my phone; it's important to have one."
The 15-year-old said her friend Merinda Edmunds was at the top of her contacts list and the pair use texting to chat about anything and everything.