The English language has evolved considerably since the introduction of the text message. Words have been shortened, but essentially the message is the same. "Hw ru m8?", "Gd thx". Many argue that this "new wave" of communicating is killing the English Language, I disagree and here's why.
- 160 character limit - The length constraints have meant that it encourages "getting to the point". With this, text speak has evolved to ensure as much detail as possible is squeezed into one message. This way of communicating has clearly caught on, as with the rise and rise of twitter and it's 140 character messaging.
- Text speak as a positive - "Thank You" shouted Grandma. "Thanks", mum remarked. "thx" tweeted little Henry. Just as "thanks" has become socially acceptable, "thx" will soon hold its place in the English language & who are we to say that's a bad thing?
- It's cheap - For a short message, a text can cost as little as 2p. Relaying the same message via telephone conversation could cost anything upwards of 10p (mobile tariffs, of course will vary).
- Safety - You can't put a price on safety. It takes ten seconds for little Johnny to let his mum know he is safe via text. It'll probably take his mum longer to open the message.
- It's instant - In a world where we are obsessed with real-time results, timing is everything. Of course punctuation and grammar is still imperative to the daily lives of many, copywriters, journalists and marketers to name a few, but for the masses & non formal communication, txt spk wrks gr8.