From IM to SMS, MySpace to Facebook
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Instant messaging, cell phones, MySpace and FaceBook. These days, the virtual world is second only to the so-called real world.
Welcome to teenage heaven.
With the widespread use of cell phones, text messaging is the most common method of instant communication. Surprisingly, this year there’s been a decrease in the use of cell phones during class. Maybe seniors have smartened up, maybe the year is so fresh that we’re still entertained with class, or maybe I’ve become immune to the whole deal. Regardless, text messaging has been known as the latest cheating device and the most discrete form of inter-class communication. It certainly costs less than calling someone, but though the stress from typing is horrible for people’s fingers.
I’ll admit: instant messaging is my favorite. I’ve had my most intelligent, philosophical conversations online, and I like being able to talk to friends who have moved away. Parents, however, seem to think otherwise. Guidebooks to “teenage slang” make me laugh. P911? NIFOC? What do those mean? I didn’t know the meaning of “POS” until my mom told me. There are hundreds of news articles about the “online language” that teenagers use to cover up inappropriate cyber relationships. It’s the perfect way to make parents distrust their kids even more. Remember the skinny rubber wristbands from five years ago, whose colors supposedly had suggestive meanings? No one I knew had any idea the colors meant anything. It certainly wasn’t the reason I was wearing them, but try convincing parents otherwise. If teens don’t know the dangers of instant messaging with strangers, it shows how far they’ve lost themselves in the real world.