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Text Messaging

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2008, at 8:32 AM

I am old school. While I have entered the world of text messaging, I still have the terrible tendency to SPELL out words. I suppose it might be those years of having grammar and punctuation drilled into my head. Could be the time spent diagramming sentences (Okay, I will admit - I liked doing that.) Could be I remember the time it took to type out papers in college BEFORE computers were a dime a dozen and you had the backspace and delete keys.

I figure I should get my money's worth while sending messages. However I was informed that I am wasting my time and effort by spelling things out. Yes, I know it takes me twice as long to reply to messages or even send them. But again it is a comfort level thing with me.

Admittedly I am using abbreviations more. I will do the TTYL (talk to you later). I also do the LOL (laugh out loud) because I am relatively certain most of those whom I text will get what I mean.

I will even do the smiley face thing. :) But if I am answering or asking something... I will most likely spell things out. When they start to charge by the letter and not the message - I might reconsider. LOL...:)


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TTYL, or LOL, are those with, or without, punctuation? Bad enough the young, and some of us old, cannot spell, but now text messaging is destroying punctuation. Sheesh!

-- Posted by Navyblue on Fri, Feb 22, 2008, at 4:23 PM

I am a 15 year old and i text message. I think texting is about what your comfortable with and not whats the fastest. Me myself i use abbreviations but thats just because im comfortable with it. Alot of my friends spell the whole word out and thats fine with me as long as the charge isnt for every letter like you said.

-- Posted by Outlawf150 on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:01 PM

I am a 15 year old and i text message. I think texting is about what your comfortable with and not whats the fastest. Me myself i use abbreviations but thats just because im comfortable with it. Alot of my friends spell the whole word out and thats fine with me as long as the charge isnt for every letter like you said.

-- Posted by Outlawf150 on Wed, Apr 9, 2008, at 10:01 PM

i'm 19 and i just started texting...well recently lol, but i have been on msn and messenger since i was about 8. I really don't see much difference between the most common instant messaging systems and text messaging. Still i am reluctant to use the abbreviations, i type the majority of the words out. The only times I use abbreviations is when i am angry, and even then it is hard to text while angry, but there are some things that you can say while texting that you just cannot say in person or over the phone.

-- Posted by billybobi on Mon, Apr 14, 2008, at 3:48 PM


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