Aussies Give Thumbs Down to TXT TLKWednesday, February 2. 2011
I admit it, I love texting! I’m sure the phone company regrets allowing me to sign up for ‘free sms’! One in 10 Australians send more than 10 SMS messages a day and I honestly believe I send at least three or even four times that…
I’m a fan of abbreviations, nothing too crazy; but I do like shortening words to ensure a smaller text message. What I do absolutely despise is an SMS full of abbreviations – to the point that you cannot comprehend what the message is meant to say!
Recently my Grandma got a mobile phone which was great, especially because they spend a lot of time at their holiday house were there is no landline. The problem? She decided that the definition of an abbreviation in an SMS was to remove all vowels. Imagine receiving a message that does not contain ‘a, e, i, o, u’! Annoying!
A Telstra research has found that good grammar is back in fashion as 50% of Aussies admitted they disliked receive an SMS that included abbreviations or emoticons.
Telstra customers sent more than nine billions SMS messages in 2009/2010- imagine how times LOL, OMG and b4 were used! Billions…
The Telstra survey found that ‘totes’ (totally), ‘4COL’ (for crying out loud) and ‘wut’ (what) topping the no-go list.
I send smilies all the time; I want everyone to know that I’m smiling! Although the latest Telstra study shows that 56% of men are more likely to find SMS emotions silly and unnecessary. It is also important to ensure your spelling is correct, 40% of Aussie men dislike SMS abbreviations and would prefer SMS to be spelt properly! =)
How often do you text?
What are your most used abbreviations?
Do you despise bad grammar within SMS?