What you're saying there is deeply disturbing. My best guess of the current situation is this:The abbreviations are only a part of it.
One question is "why give young kids a phone at all?". Before the iPhone burst on the scene and we were introduced to a multifunction-internet-connected-device, there were phones which were really quite basic and all they did ... strangely ... was send/receive a call or send a text. Anxious parents purchased them to enable their children to make contact in emergencies.
Today phones have progressed to the point they are communication centres and the kids do not use them as phones, certainly do not call their parents. They are about video games, watching YouTube and videos. Not only are they the most addicting devices, or sources to addiction (I treat these children), but language is impaired, partly because spelling and vocabulary are abbreviated, and social skills are blocked since communication no longer takes place face-to-face. Plus the fantasy, imagination and representational play of children have been replaced by a device that stimulates by thinking for one. Don't get me started on emotional stunting ...
Why give an 11 year old a bloody phone?! You are asking for trouble.
Regards from Perth
I think that on the whole, those who were pessimistic of the effects of television have been proven right. I'm sure that we'd all live more in the "real" world if there were only two TV channels and if they shut down at 10:30 pm every weekday. The reason that will never happen is firstly because there is too much money to be made out of it and secondly because many of those who would complain would simply not know that real, active life is better for us than life passively lived.OMG. How dare the next generation attempt to adjust what came before, it's disgraceful, don't they know that all of those over the age of 50 and still alive invented everything.
Oh, wait, no, that's not right is it, you took what came before and adjusted it. Only it isn't the same is it, because when you did it, it was the right thing to do. If the next generation doesn't make changes we as a society stagnate, we become a dead end in evolutionary terms and we slowly die out as a species. Just because those changes don't make sense to you, doesn't mean they aren't worth happening. Yes we are seeing stunted development in some cases, but it is just in some cases, it is not the norm. when TV became mass media, there were cries of stunted development, of how it would ruin lives and devolve the ability to communicate. you all turned out ok, or at least ok enough to moan about it now.
Put it back in it's box and move on, you don't have to understand it, you just have to accept it as human nature.
Disgruntled person in the middle of the generational gap. TTFN
Nice comment about low quality parents here. My personal context here: Here in Switzerland kids are expected to travel to school alone from the age of 4 years old. Not being Swiss I found packing my 4 year old off to walk alone pretty horrific. In hindsight it was perfectly okay.<SNIP>
There are some (how many?) children with low quality parents who will probably be written off as functioning human beings for the rest of their lives due to their media addiction.
Perhaps some of you remember Telegrams paid for by the word so in my opinion this started off the 'Text Speak'.