Hattiesburg teen talks about texting lingo - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Hattiesburg teen talks about texting lingo

 By Karrie Leggett – email | bio

HATTIESBURG,MS (WDAM) -   GAL, OMG, JK , ROFL.  If you didn't understand a word of that than it is safe to say you do not text, or at least not very much.

But TTFN, LOL and IDK is a second language for teens like Rachel Robinson.

"I thought it was so cool. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. You can just do it faster," said Robinson.

For this 15-year-old texting is the main way she communicates and with an unlimited plan her texts are limitless. She sends an unbelievable amount of text in a month.

"A month. Oh, I don't know a lot. Maybe a few thousand. I send a few hundred a day," said Robinson.

And it's not just how much Rachel texts, it's also when she texts that's excessive. For Rachel her texting never stops.

"When I get up in the morning. Before the bell at school. I text at lunch too. My phone is by my bed. I have a dresser by my bed and it stays there. It stays on vibrate, so if I hear it vibrate I jump up and see who is texting me," said Robinson.

Parents may be baffled by this compulsive texting. The short hand language used can even add to the confusion. Our texting teen cracked a few "texting codes" parents may not know, like TTYL AND ROFL. Which means talk to you later and roll on the floor laughing.

Rachel says she believes teens are crazed about texting, because it's the easiest and obviously shorter way to communicate. Texting also gives teens a semblance of privacy.

"If you want to talk about something in private with your friend and you don't want anyone to know what it is, then texting. I would do that," said Robinson.

It's clear this generation is on to something that isn't going out of style anytime soon, so it may be best for parents to educate themselves and HITAKS. In other words hang in there and keep smiling.

 

 Copyright 2010 WDAM. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Police: 3 charged in shooting at Petal apartment

    Police: 3 charged in shooting at Petal apartment

    Sunday, April 22 2018 9:12 PM EDT2018-04-23 01:12:02 GMT
    Raul Tlaxcala, 18, charged with Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; (Photo Source: Petal Police Department)Raul Tlaxcala, 18, charged with Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; (Photo Source: Petal Police Department)

    Petal police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday night. According the authorities, the shooting happened around 8 o'clock at an apartment complex.  Detectives tell us the incident involved a man and three brothers. Detectives believe the shooting stemmed in a dispute involving a female. The fourth man involved, the victim, was shot once and was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim has since ...

    More >>

    Petal police are investigating a shooting that occurred Saturday night. According the authorities, the shooting happened around 8 o'clock at an apartment complex.  Detectives tell us the incident involved a man and three brothers. Detectives believe the shooting stemmed in a dispute involving a female. The fourth man involved, the victim, was shot once and was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The victim has since ...

    More >>
  • Record Store Day: Vinyl, CDs outsell digital music

    Record Store Day: Vinyl, CDs outsell digital music

    Saturday, April 21 2018 11:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 15:44:09 GMT
    Sunday, April 22 2018 8:25 PM EDT2018-04-23 00:25:05 GMT
    Music lovers are paying homage to their local record stores.More >>
    Music lovers are paying homage to their local record stores.More >>
  • Pine Belt prep baseball schedule/results (April 16-21)

    Pine Belt prep baseball schedule/results (April 16-21)

    Sunday, April 22 2018 2:36 PM EDT2018-04-22 18:36:06 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule (April 16-21)

    More >>

    Pine Belt prep baseball results/schedule (April 16-21)

    More >>
Powered by Frankly