Nowadays, our generation is used to communicating in shorthand through text messaging, email and Tweets. With the limits on text messages and the 140 characters available to express yourself on Twitter, it seems logical that we can represent our message through abbreviations. However, is it taking away from the content of the message? It has become its own lingo and has decreased the need to communicate face-to-face and even over the phone. Personally, I send and receive way more text messages then phone calls each month via my cell phone.
Furthermore, older generations do not utilize the shorthand such as “LOL” (laugh out loud) or “TTYL” (talk to you later) so they are not able to communicate using these methods. In turn, this leads to miscommunication and potential misunderstanding between generations. I know that I don’t even know all the “newer” acronyms used to represent shorthand code, so we ask ourselves, is there a loophole that can blend the gap between abbreviation bridges?
According to an article from the Wall Street Journal, Stephanie Raposo discusses the widespread of shorthand awareness through various websites such as NetLingo.com and Urbandictionary.com that provide definitions of “internet texting terms.” Even the AP stylebook incorporated texting shorthand, such as BFF (“Best Friends Forever”) and OMG (“Oh my God”) in the 2009 editions, according to the article. The importance of shorthand has implemented itself into our daily lives and has worked its way into the modern language. Raposo pointed out that it has also become important for parent/teenager relationships because parents are concerned about what is going on in the lives of their children, but sometimes must be able to decode their teen’s messages in order to understand and stay in touch. Luckily, branding strategists such as Elizabeth Kanna relate to these issues and maintains a “Mom’s Text Talk Sheet” a cheat sheet of acronyms created and updated by her teenage girls.
Frank Shaw expresses his opinion toward this subject on his blog, The Glass House about how it is ridiculous to for professionals to feel the need to “use the lingo” for communicating with clientele through email and texting. Shaw makes the point that it is not necessary for CEO’s of companies to email and text using shorthand and although many companies are looking for tech-savvy younger individuals to revamp some of the aspects of businesses, shorthand communication should not be completely replacing traditional, formal communication.
Overall, are abbreviations taking over modern communication or is this just a harmless form of communication to relay messages quickly in order to show progression with modern technology? Do you think that Public relations professionals and other business professionals should be utilizing it as a way to communicate and if they do, where is the line drawn to establish professional relationships? I think it creates a creative way to communicate when you have a limited amount of characters available, but in the case of businesses and professionals, I don’t think these shorthand acronyms are necessarily important to show they are up to date with modern technology.