"Texting" is short for text messaging, which is the act of sending a text message through mobile-to-mobile technology. As technology has advanced, the act of texting includes picture, video and audio messaging.
Texting is often used when communication by voice is unavailable or unnecessary. Since the messages are typically brief, texting commonly employs abbreviations, such as "brb" for "be right back" and "lol" for "laughing out loud." Many of these abbreviations have sneaked into the English language and are used colloquially. Texting has also contributed to accidents, as drivers and pedestrians distracted by their telephones are more likely to get into accidents. The first text message ever sent was "Merry Christmas" in 1992.