According to a recent Scientific American blog:
Some parents who RBTL are worried that text messaging is G4N and a WOTAM that has ruined their kids’ ability to engage in D&M conversations and has become a new tool for KPC. Other parents see texting as PANS and find NBIF to physicians’ and psychologists’ concerns that it may trigger “anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation,” as The New York Times reported earlier this week. …
ASAMOF more than half of 1,000 teens and tweens surveyed by LG and research firm Interpret LLC indicated that they value the privacy of the texts more than of their e-mails and diary entries … 31 percent of the teens surveyed believe their parents check their texts. In fact, 47 percent of 1000-plus parents surveyed by LG/Interpret said they had read their kids’ texts without their consent. The message is clear: EVRE1 text AYOR, IYKWIMAITYD.
The Times, citing a Nielsen Company survey, reports that American teenagers sent and received an average of 2,272 text messages per month in the last quarter of 2008 (almost 80 messages a day, more than double the average of a year earlier). Another report, this one by Nielsen Telecom Practice Group, indicates that 77 percent of wireless subscriber lines in the U.S. subscribe to or purchase text-message capability.
While Scientific American and Lifehacker both reported about LX’s new site DTXTR (though it wouldn’t load for me when I wrote this), I find the texting glossary provided by Netlingo to be by far the most comprehensive resource (though it would be helpful if the page was user-contributable as I’m sure new shortcuts are being invented every minute).
Let me decipher the text above by including the full phrases here (some I’ve used, others I intend to):
- ASAMOF – As A Matter Of Fact
- AYOR – At Your Own Risk
- D&M – Deep & Meaningful
- G4N – Good For Nothing
- IYKWIMAITYD – If You Know What I Mean And I Think You Do
- KPC – Keeping Parents Clueless
- NBIF – No Basis In Fact
- PANS – Pretty Awesome New Stuff
- RBTL – Read Between The Lines
- WOTAM – Waste Of Time And Money