Screenage “INTEXTICATION”


OMG! We can travel along any street in any town in America, and there will be teenagers walking by, with their heads down, eyes fixed on their smartphone and thumbs very busy. You might see a random pair of teens texting while sitting beside one another on a park bench, on the bus or in the back seat of their parents’ car. No, they aren’t texting to someone in a remote location; they are texting to each other. That’s communication today!

Everyone is texting! In fact, some people say their communication preference is to text as opposed to talking on the phone. Is anyone still engaging in real person-to-person conversations via the telephone? God forbid, we should converse face-to-face anymore!

 

What’s happening is that we all are guilty of intextication, not emailing, but texting ‘ad nauseum’. Since there are youth who suffer from ‘affluenza’, why not ‘intextication’? Totally intexticated, indeed! We no longer write using full sentences to convey our messages and our thoughts. Besides, there are character limits. Therefore, we have reduced conversations to anagrams, acronyms, emojis, and no punctuation. Doesn’t anyone speak English anymore?

I must admit that I have fallen prey to this new medium, too. Occasionally, after what I consider a funny msg[message], I will add a closing ‘LOL’, or a ‘Smiley-Face’ before hitting the non-reversible ‘send’. I got that one from my daughter years ago, and it’s still relevant.

But that is just the tip of the iceberg. How about: ‘FOMO, LMFAO, OMG, BRB’, and the language has expanded! Even the President texts and tweets! This is life in the digitally connected, tech savvy world. Everyone is intexticated, especially screen-agers! KMN

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Anyone old enough to remember ‘Pig Latin’? Parents didn’t have a clue, and the objective of today’s teens and tweens is no different….KPC! At least, this time as the parent, we can be ‘in the know’.

So, here are more text-talk acronyms, demystified, decoded and parents should know them just in case you happen upon a teen texting random alpha-numeric characters that appear to us old people as ‘nonsensical’. Don’t ‘get it twisted’, though, parents must always try to be a step ahead of those text-proficient techies. KWIM

PARENTAL TEXT SECRET  DECODER[PTSD]:

1432        I love you too

ATM        At The moment

gerd          Abbreviation for ermagerd (Oh my God)

GR8          Great

CMB         Call Me Back

CUNS       See You In School

F2F          Face to Face

FOAF       Friend Of A Friend

FML          F*** My Life

FTW          For The Win

GTG           Got to Go

GTFO       Get the F* Out

HAK        Hugs and Kisses

HMU       Hit Me Up

IKR         I Know, Right?

IDC          I Don’t Care

IDK         I don’t Know

ITA/D     I Totally Agree/Disagree

IRL         In real life

J/K         Just Kidding

KK          Okay

KWIM    Know what I mean?

L&R        Love and respect

mmk       Mmm…okay

MEGO     My Eyes are Glazing Over

MYT        Meet You There

NAGI       Not A Good Idea

NBD        No Big Deal

NGH       Not Gonna Happen

NMP        Not My Problem

NSFW      Not Safe for Work

NSFL       Not Safe for Life

NTIM       Not That It Matters

N00B      Newbie

OATUS   On a totally unrelated subject

O RLY    Oh, really?

P&C         Private and Confidential

PITA        Pain in the A**

REHI       Hi, again

RUOK      Are You OK?

QQ            Crying (often humorously)

SFSG       So Far So Good

SLT         Something Like That

SOL         Sh** Out of Luck

SUP        What’s up?

UOK        Are you okay?

4Q             F*** You

VCDA      Vaya Con Dios, Amigo

VSF         Very Sad Face

WDYM  What Do You Mean?

WFM     Works For Me

WRUD    What Are You Doing?

WTG        Way To Go!

W00T      Hooray!

WTH        What The Hell?

XOXOZZZ Hugs, kisses, sweet dreams

ZOMG       Oh my God

And…more:

TEXTING ACRONYMS ABOUT THOSE PESKY PARENTS

AITR       Adult in the Room

303          Mom

M/POS    Mom/Parents over shoulder

PIR          Parent in Room

PAL         Parents are Listening

PAW       Parents are Watching

CD9         Parents around/Code 9

PA / PA911    Parent Alert

9                Parent Watching

99             Parent Gone

TEXTING ACRONYMS ABOUT SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS

53X          Sex

?^              Want to Hook Up?

ASLP       (What is your) Age/Sex/Location/Picture? (Also ASL)

CU46         See You For Sex

DYHAB/G    Do You Have A Boyfriend/Girlfriend?

DTH          Down To Hang (I’m up for getting together)

FWB           Friends With Benefits

GNOC         Get Naked on Camera

IPN            I’m Posting Naked

LH6           Let’s Have Sex

LJBF        Let’s just be friends

LMIRL    Let’s Meet In Real Life

LYLAB/S Love You Like A Brother/Sister

NSA        No Strings Attached

TEXTING ACRONYMS: THE SECRET  LIFE OF TEENS

1174        The meeting place for a party

420          Marijuana

BYAM     Between You and Me

4YEO      For Your Eyes Only

CRAFT    Can’t Remember a F’ing Thing

DWB         Driving While Black

DADT      Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

DOC          Drug Of Choice

SOBT       Stressed Out Big Time

TWD        Texting While Driving

WTPA      Where’s The Party At?

%\            Hangover

#-)         Exhausted, partied all night

SEP         Someone else’s Problem

SITD        Still in the Dark

SLAP       Sounds like a Plan

SOS         Significant Other

TMI        Too Much Information

J/K          Just Kidding

JC           Just Checking

JTLYK     Just to Let You Know

KMN      Kill Me Now

KPC       Keeping Parents Clueless

L8R       Later

And, believe it or not, the list goes on.

If you are a parent, memorize this list to use as a reference. Not that I am advocating for snooping, but desperate times call for desperate measures. If your child seems to be totally wrapped up in their cell, and ceases to acknowledge your presence with a simple “hello”, because they can not look away, then…. desperate times…

When you walk into the room, and your teen gets a weird look on his/her face, but continues typing into that damn phone with ‘who knows who?’, aren’t you a bit curious, concerned or sometimes just plain worried? If not, you should be.

When your child practically walks right into you, bumps into objects directly in front of them, or accidentally steps on the family dog’s tail, then there you have it….INTEXTICATED!

God forbid, your teen has a driver’s license and TWD [texts while driving]! That is an absolute deal-breaker, and it’s also illegal. Time to take the car or the phone away, and time to snoop! They are too intexticated and a DWI[driving while intexticated] will cause your auto insurance premium to go ‘sky-high’. Don’t let this happen to you or your child. BTW[by the way], I wonder which choice teens would make between phone or car.

Don’t forget, they all think that they’re smarter and more cool than us, anyway. So, we mustn’t let them become too intexticated and forget how to write full, logical and grammatically correct sentences. Also, don’t let them become so wrapped up in communicating by text that they lose the ability to interact socially or engage in-person with others, either.

Despite the new tech-etiquette, web-etiquette, and text-etiquette, old-fashioned social etiquette is still alive and relevant. Was that TMI?

Last thought, OMG, JTLYK, this is DADT, P&C and FYEO: As long as you have PTSD, your intexticated teen won’t know that you know what they think you don’t know. Stay in the know and the last laugh will be yours. LMFAO

L8R

LOL:)

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