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A brief history of texting and emails in film

Throughout our lives, a fair amount of important(ish) knowledge is conveyed via the power of messaging. But on screen, it's not always the most compelling activity to watch.

Filmmakers have struggled to involve texts and emails without making us all yawn. When has an insert of a phone screen ever actually resembled an actual phone screen?

But recently, thanks to TV shows like Sherlock and House of Cards and films like The Social Network and The Fault In Our Stars, things have improved tenfold.

Video extraordinaire Tony Zhou has created a nifty montage that shows just how much things have progressed and it's a rather captivating watch...