It might have started with LOL, which, as you more than likely know, stands for "laughing out loud." What used to be a few abbreviations for people chatting online seems to have exploded into a new language with the popularity of text messages.
In 2008, CBS News reported that teens send and receive more than 1,700 text messages a month. At the end of 2009, it's possible that number is higher.
When it comes to texting, speed matters. There are even text messaging competitions to see who is the fastest. To text faster, many words get abbreviated. It makes sense, if you are sending a text. However, what do you think when text message lingo shows up in emails?
What's your take on text messages? Do you think it will change the future of how people communicate, for better or for worse? When people prefer texting to talking, do you think that will affect the ability to communicate?
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