Why Do People Still Think Texting?

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Would you send your potential boss an email that reads, “R U hiring”? I sure as hell, for your sake, hope not. We may text our colleagues and friends in such a manner but we also know when to switch the tone and grammar to make us seem a little more literate and a little less lazy, for certain occasions. So why do people still think texting, Tweeting and other abbreviated forms of communications are alternating the way we speak? That would be because it is, however, just not for the worst as most people are lead to believe. With the fast growing advances in technology the new generations are forced to accommodate it and by doing so, we’ve had to adapt to the new brevity in the way we communicate also referred to as “textspeak” as David Crystal calls it in his essay “Texting” he says, “its chief feature is rebus abbreviation” (Crystal 2). Abbreviating our language in text has helped us become accustomed to this new brevity, just like the way Twitter is helping, “users connect to people in ways they never could before.” Gary Goshgarian states in his introduction to Peggy Orenstein’s essay “I Tweet, Therefore I Am”. Does this mean that the way we speak and communicate with text and tweets is different from live speech? Some might say it is, they are correct, “…texting has become a preferred method of communication, the English language is being used in new and creative ways”, according to Gary Goshgarian on Kris Axtman’s article, “r u online?”: The Evolving Lexicon of Wired
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