Cracking The Code

According to Internet studies, texting is an 80 billion dollar global industry. Texting reaches all generations. 18-24 year olds use it the most,  AT&T sales representative Josh Byron sells it and uses it. " I send 4000-5000 a month, " he estimated.

But other generations use it too. Marketing experts recognize this. An AT&T commercial, one of the most popular hits on You Tube, comically portrays pre-teens and an elderly grandmother talking in text language, while the mom gets mad over their high number of texting minutes.

Cracking the texter code isn't that difficult, once you get the hang of it. Katie Scifres does some decoding.  " this is BTW, by the way. HO is hold on. LOL is laugh out loud. ROFL, roll on the floor laughing. TTTFN, tah, tah for now, which is a silly thing to say. MSG is message, shortening it. ALRIGHT, is shortening it and misspelling it."

Most text messages are in pure fun, but occasionally some rude language is sent. Bottom line it's a unique phonetic scribe. Hannah Matlia said, " There's no secret message or anything. Just shorthand." How elaborate you're with it depends on your texting circles. Bryan Tilley said,  " All that language stuff, I don't use it. I just say regular words. "

Many phones have predictive text. They know what you're going to text before you even text it. Byron noted,  " I find it very important to the customer that they be able to text message easily. "

Frequent texters have something in common, no matter what kind of text they choose. They're remarkably fast. One texter quipped,  " Practice makes perfect." Another joked,    " It's a good workout for your thumbs. They get very limber."

Texters use the method to save time and for a conversations in places where you can't talk. Or when you're too shy to ask a lady out on a date. Scifres said,  " It's kind of rude that they won't just pick up the phone and call. "

However you use it, don't say you'll never use text. You probably said the same thing about cell phones.