I’m the type of person who can’t stand to see a typo anywhere. It irks me that the Internet is full of grammatical errors, typos, and bits of Internet-language that can sometimes be nearly incomprehensible.
Acronyms and single letters like idk, wtf, lol, omg, ttyl, y, u, and others can all be passed off as “legitimate” language use. I try not to use those, except for the occasional lol here and there. It’s gotten to the point that actually typing out “laughing out loud” has become ridiculous. The culture is definitely changing.
I use proper grammar in personal emails when the other person normally wouldn’t care about grammar, spelling, and punctuation. It’s just what I’m used to. I see all those abbreviations and they just get under my skin. My brother was talking to me a few days ago and he said something to the effect of “typing perfectly all the time makes you seem like a robot.” It got me thinking.
Does using proper grammar online really make you seem less like a person and more like a machine? I don’t think so. Often, spam bots misspell words and destroy the English language, too.
I’m not trying to be pretentious by using proper grammar – I’m just typing in the way that looks right to me. I don’t want to appear “careless.” But is using Internet-language really becoming the norm?
It bothers me that I hear stories about high school and middle school students who don’t know how to write a paper without using some form of Internet lingo. That’s sad. It makes them appear careless. It used to be common sense that you shouldn’t write papers or “professional” documents with the same diction you’d use to talk to a friend.
I know the English language is constantly changing, but I believe that Internet language should be kept within personal chats on the Internet. Save the bad grammar for the lolcats.