People often do not want to have an accent in order to appear more intelligent, and there is a flip side of people who would rather appear folksy and have an accent, but there is even another pocket of people who have developed such technophilia that they can only think in texting language. Let’s start by saying that text language developed because texting has gained in popularity. Texting is yet a new form of communication that is probably popular because it is fast, convenient, and sly. But it has also developed its own form of spelling out of the necessity for even more speed and efficiency. So, words have been shortened and vocabularies have suffered in order to facilitate the texting gods. That previous sentence would look like: So wrds hv bn shrtnd n vocabs hv sfrd n ordr 2 fsilitat the txt gds. I myself do not text because it costs so much money, but there are certain people who cannot communicate in any other way. Because of texting, I have noticed that face to face communication has deteriorated not because people would prefer to text, but because they no longer know how to speak to other people. I have friends who cannot be on the phone for more than five minutes before they just can’t think of anything to talk to anymore, or they feel too awkward to continue.
What seems to be the most troubling, though, is that people honestly believe that texting uses similar spelling and grammar as their academic work. My sister in law use to work as a graduate assistant at Ohio University and her biggest complaint was that her students would use texting language to write their papers. It’s a very selfish act, really, to believe that in every situation your favorite language can be used. I would not go to Nice and attempt to speak English, and I would especially not want to use words such as “pop” and “hoopie” because I can understand that there are different linguistic needs depending on the place. I would especially not use the words “yo” and “totally” when writing an essay, but some people cannot separate their common language from a colloquial language. But even texting is not a dialect or an accent or a language. It is a system of shortened spelling and replacement. 1337 isn’t a different language or dialect or accent, but luckily I have never heard a person use it outside of the computer.
The texters don’t realize that text speak isn’t as prevalent as they believe it to be. I have to admit guilt to this, also, but I have heard of people mock others because they don’t know what “lol” means. “lol” is not a common English word and there is no reason that their mothers should know what it means! Coming back to a previous entry, their actions are similar to people who believe that only English should be spoken in America, because both are too selfish to understand and assist others.