Reading an email where SMS language has been used bugs me. You know the kind: Lng tme snc I hrd frm u. Howz u? Am gr8. Wrk nt gd, lkng 4 jbs…
SMS lingo is great for SMS, where you have a limitation on the number of characters used and the constraint of the small display on the mobile phone. No such constraints on the computer, so there’s no reason to use SMS lingo.
The other problem with using SMS-kind of constructs is that they’re harder to read. Yes, harder to read because you have to figure out what the word is first–so you’re doing an extra bit of work reading the text. (Just to clarify that this is not my idea, I just can’t remember where I read about this before.)
By sending SMS-style messages in non-SMS mediums, what you’re essentially doing is putting an additional burden on the reader, i.e. making it harder for the reader to understand what you’re saying. Also, there’s a chance that your tone and/or meaning doesn’t get conveyed. Conveying tone is a big problem with emails anyway and SMS-style spartan character use can cause more problems.
Shortcuts are okay sometimes, but using SMS-speak in email, letters (do people write these anymore?), or regular conversation is taking things a little too far. Plus, me thinks it comes from a little bit of a lazy place–I don’t want to type so many characters.
To that I say, Get voice recognition software or something.