OMG LOL TTYL
Unlike most of my peers, I'm not a huge fan of text/instant messaging shortcuts. I can't stand it when people put "u" instead of "you."
In light of reading Informal Style of Electronic Messages Is Showing Up in Schoolwork, Study Finds by Tamar Lewin, I can only imagine how some teachers must feel, especially the ones who have to teach the next generation of students. I can almost guarentee that most of those kids will know how to text message before they know how to write.
Now isn't that kind of sad? What kind of world do we live in where I see a five year old using a cell phone to call mommy or daddy when the other parent is standing right next to them?
Anyway, I personally have never used internet slang in a paper for school, but I've read papers that included "lol" in them...and it wasn't a pretty sight. In a way, I almost pitty the students more than the teachers. The teachers are just doing their jobs when they correct students, but what about the kids? There will probably come a day sometime in the near future where these terms will be accepted as regualar speech, but until that day, most kids will have trouble learning at a young age that there is a difference between texting a friend and writing a report on Mount Saint Helens.
Oh well, guess that's it for now...ttyl