R U Worried About Txt Msgs?

What's happening to grammar? The art of conversation?

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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  • by Keisha Location: Gatesville on Dec 21, 2009 at 08:47 AM
    I am a high school English teacher and I feel as if text messaging is ruining our kids. You would not believe how many text abbreviations and text lingo I find in papers. I now have a rule that if you use text abbreviations or text lingo - AUTOMATIC 0!!!
  • by Teri on Nov 10, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    I even notice that I had a incomplete sentence in my comment below.
  • by Teri Location: Washington on Nov 10, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    My skills are not that great, however, I do believe that writing and communication skills has decline. I would like to take notice and prove a point. The person that stated that she had great grammer and communication skills. The correct word is "write" not "right". It should be "you're" or "you are", instead of "your". If you research on the internet, you will learn the correct way to use "its". Simply type "it's vs its". You will learn the correct word to use. With new technology, we are forgetting our communication and writing skills. In so many ways, I agree that texting can be harmful. (Example: Texting while driving and sexting.)
  • by Dee Location: Washington on Nov 9, 2009 at 10:37 AM
    Texting is a great tool. However, It should not replace verbal communication. Many teens (not all teens) are not able to effectively speak or write. Teens are already having problems with runon sentence or fragments. Now they are trying to use different shortcuts to complete their thoughts. What a shame!
  • by Bubba Gump Location: WASHINGTON on Nov 6, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Think texting was good when it was meant to be short and and sweet when a conversation couldnt take place. Now people are using it INSTEAD of conversation. During certain situations it becomes rude and insensative. It is really becoming a danger when behind the wheel.
  • by Miranda Location: Northside on Nov 6, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    I personally use correct grammar when I text, I haven't even used an "lol". I text alot, I believe last time alone was around 6,000-ish. I rarely use abbreviations, I think it's very annoying when people can't use real words when talking to me. Also, punctuation plays an important factor. without punc and rite spelling u dont seem very much like sum1 i would want to talk 2.
  • by Mrs. Cren on Nov 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM
    I know plenty of people that text message on a daily basis(that includes myself)who has great grammer and communication skills. Just because you text doesn't mean that you will talk or right the same way. And your just abbreviating the word, only because we can only send 150 words per text. To me texting is wonderful. Its great when you are situations that you can call
  • by Virginia Location: Washington on Nov 4, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    I have two teenagers that text messages. One month one of my daughter had over 15,000 text message. It is cazy. I have witnessed the lack of communication skills. I asked my daughter one day, why are you texting somone that you are mad at. Her reply was because i don't want to talk to her. How will teenager learn to solve problems if they don't practice communication speaking skill. I am partly the blame for allowing her to have access to text message. I have try to control the issue of text message with my teenagers, but failed.

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