Are you offended when someone abbreviates words in a text message?
For example: R U offended when sum1 abbrevi8s words in a sms?
I don't text or get text messages. My cell is for emergencies only. I do believe that this texting shorthand affects communication skills as well as grammar, and spelling skills. I cannot understand why people text instead of actually talking to each other.
I agree! communication skills are so lacking today.
Probably for the same reason they go on hubpages instead of talking - its good for getting to know someone
I appreciate your comments on this subject too. Sending a text is much cheaper than a phonecall here in Australia, which may account for sometimes sending a text over making a phone call.
I find that texting makes certain conversations easier. Instead of being on the spot, you have time to look up certain information or look at your schedule, etc.
I wouldn't say it offends me, but I do find it very annoying. In fact, texting in general is often annoying so I guess either way is fine since it is bound to irritate me anyway .
I don't get many text messages, but it doesn't bother me. Keep it short and as long as I can interpret the message I'm cool with it. Now if they send me an email, post a comment to one of my hubs, etc and use all that gibberish it totally drives me crazy.
I don't text but to me it is the bastardization of a beautiful language. The biggest problem I see with it is that people tend to carry these abbreviations beyond just texting into everyday life.
"txt spk" abbrevs annoy the F outa me! LOL OMG WTF
...but seriously, they do. I hate trying to decipher messages that look like someone spilled a bowl of alphabet soup.
Thankfully the only person who texts me is my wife, and she doesn't use any of those annoying abbreviations... well, she'll occasionally throw in a random "LOL" just because she knows it drives me nuts.
It doesn't bother me, and I certainly can't see why it would 'offend' anybody. I'm not sure if that is how you meant the question, but I think that people are 'offended' in general much too often.
No one that texts me goes to the extreme you have posted. A few abbreviations don't bother me at all, it certainly doesn't offend me. After all, it is a text message.
I know that they can communicate well, texting is simply another form of communication usually done for quick communication.
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