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.