It has grown beyond alphanumeric text to include multimedia messages (known as MMS) containing digital images, videos, and sound content, as well as ideograms known as emoji (happy faces, sad faces, and other icons).
As of 2017, text messages are used by youth and adults for personal, family and social purposes and in business.
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Text messages may be sent over a cellular network, or may also be sent via an Internet connection.
The term originally referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS).
The service is referred to by different colloquialisms depending on the region.