Texting and communicating — how they are changing language, behavior, and mother-daughter relationships!
While texting was technically invented in the early nineties, it only started to gain widespread popularity in the last six years (or so). For five out of those six years, I was perched high atop my soapbox, proclaiming that texting would be the death of all meaningful human interaction. If someone had handed me a megaphone, I would have shouted, “Why don’t you people ever talk to each other anymore?!”
As a writer, I also saw texting as a personal affront to the written word. Grammar, spelling, punctuation, and sentence structure were all scrapped in favor of the English language’s newborn bastardized son – the short message service (SMS), also called text speak; a language full of acronyms, abbreviations, and numerical inserts. So, it seemed texting was not only replacing our meaningful face-to-face interactions and phone calls, it was also responsible for creating an entire generation of crappy writers.
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