Communication dominates our lives. The need for smaller and faster is a never-ending technological pursuit and as a result the written word has become more like the spoken word.
Read a text
Voiceover:Technology has pioneered a whole new language.
-You use the use 'u' a lot.
-Yeah, and the 'r' instead of are.
-And what's this here?
-Oh, it meant to be a smiley face.
If you've got a little mobile phone and your text messaging somebody you are restricted to 160 characters, for the most part. And therefore you devise special ways packing as much language into those 160 characters as possible.
People text everything and anything from gossip to study notes, addresses, phone numbers, arrangements, jokes. If it's possible to say it. Now you can text it.
The kids i know are fantastic at getting an awful lot of information over, using very few characters, often doing so inventively and funnily, and in a way in which adults cant understand.
Oh yeah, its much easier to text something you don't want to say..
-Are you a whiz at it?
-Yeah you don't even have to look at it, and you just do it.
The use of this abbreviated language has found it's way into more than just text messaging. Educators complain of not being able to understand there students written work. It seems that youth culture has actually created a written slang.
If I'm writing something down or writing a letter I've got to think before Iwrite a word down.
But you can rest assured that this is not the beginning of the end of the English language
To solve that issue most of the manufactures have now come up with predictive text messaging.
Next big thing? Picture messaging. Customers are already seeing pictures with there messages.