Am I being too sensitive? Old fashioned? I don't know but I just need to say that using text abbreviations in hubs and other online postings are annoying. They also make postings appear to be written by a fourteen year old. This is only my opinion, however, I feel if you want to be taken seriously spell out your words! Don't use 'ur' 'wat' and others. It makes your writing difficult to read and understand. Those of us that didn't grow up with a cell phone in their hand is not going to get 'ur' abbreviations. Just venting!
I'm with you dianebowling, I hate them. Actually they bother me more in hubs than in comments but both are annoying. There are many I don't understand anyway but I guess I'm just showing my age. LOL (that one I do understand).
Never should they be used in hubs, this is a writing site after all. Spelling errors and grammatical mistakes are not allowed so why should text abbreviations be allowed?
It's not just age -- I haven't even hit a quarter-century yet and can't stand it, and never could. Personally, I flag "text talk" because it is difficult to read, it's extremely poor English, and it's anything but professional-looking. We are supposed to be generating quality content and, like it or not, we are supposed to be professionals.
Maybe "text talk" could constitute another dialect, but the TOS clearly states that all hubs are to be written in English, not "txt spk"