i went to this site today where some teenie boppers were talking. i could barely understand what they were saying. i wonder if using too many abbreviations can lower your intelligence. not to mention, their spelling was atrocious. here's an example: i avent talked 2 ya in wile.. n sori i dont kno ne sites
Post by unionjackattack86 on Apr 26, 2003 13:28:41 GMT -5
I must admit I use online/txt slang quite regulary although it isn't as heavy as that, its only a few common words that I use. As for it lowering your intelligence, I guess it could because if it becomes a really bad habit, you would start using those words as the actual spellings. I nearly wrote a slang word in an English exam once, I think I was going to write cuz instead of because then I realised before I did it. I went on this website once and it was a novelty translator that translated whatever you typed in to the language of a 12 year old AOL user, some of the results were amusing.
a few here and there don't bother me, especially when they are very widely used. i think what gets to me the most is when every single word in a sentence is misspelled on purpose. it just makes the user look stupid and makes it unlikely that i will even read it.
Well, think of it as a form of slang. Slang has lots of uses. One, is brevity. Online messaging is fast. I've had people get irritated with me because I took too long. It's usually used in a way similar to a telephone. On the phone, you don't say something, then wait five minutes as someone formulates in a gramatically correct, well formulated thought. You just go back and forth. Just because someone sacrifices grammar quality for speed doesn't mean they are lazy. Also, the word lazy suggests they are losing something. But, what are they losing? Probably not the high opinions of the people they chat with a lot(with the same manner of speech).
Slang also helps define groups. Different groups have different slang. Rap comes to mind. There is clearly a lot of specific slang in rap. If you speak it, you identify yourself as someone from the street(or whatever). If you speak the net slang more, that probably defines you as part of the IM group, or something like that.
But, whether I'm likely to read it depends upon where I am. If I'm in a philosophical debate, I probably won't. But, I don't usually care for chatrooms, so I don't usually come across netspeak. And, it gives me a headache to read much of it, too, so I don't.