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This video looks at the text messaging trend, mainly, who uses text messages and how it affected our language.
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Text Messaging Trends
Rebecca Brayton: It’s what separates us from the animals, and therefore text messaging. Hi I’m Rebecca Brayton and welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be learning more about this global phenomenon. What has led to the explosion of text messaging over the past years?
Michael Novosad: Devices were becoming a lot easier to manipulate to allow former communication as well as the fast and instantaneous formal communication whereas at in that past making phone calls pretty much dictate as cellular phones. Now within seconds we cannot talk about anything and everything between a couple of people or group of people.
Rebecca Brayton: Who text messages?
Michael Novosad: I would always use to think it was always just young people who want to be in touch in the now and know what’s going on for parties and that actually comes on to everybody whether it will be adults, whether it would be teenagers, different demographic groups will use this because it is very effective like I'm saying, immediate form of communication.
Rebecca Brayton: Do you want to talk about text language a bit?
Michael Novosad: Text language is—and this is funny. I was actually reading a study last week which was talking about texting language where the worry was that with all these new abbreviated sentences that we’re sending off and that kids are sending off, creating their own language and it was interesting to see that it wasn’t a regression of language, it was actually an evolution of language.
Now with the standard phone you only have about a 140 characters that you can type in a regular text message. So what it has allowed us to do is that create a certain language taking everyday words but adjusting them to allow them for that spacing and time constraint. So we see words like text or it will be txt rather than you know written with the t-e-x-t or we’ll see, see you later with the letter C the U, L, T, 8, R, right so we’ll see a development but it still allows people to catch exactly what the message is, it doesn’t cost us to regress on our current form of language, it’s just for convenience sake I’d have to say.