A warning: this post is in no way deep or meaningful.
But sometimes I wonder if, in the age of texting and constant internet access, we might not always be doing ourselves a favor with fun abbreviations. I’ve always been sort of obsessed with grammar, but it surprises me how many people I see who confuse your/you’re, there/their/they’re, two/too/to, it’s/its…and the list goes on. (Watch. There will now be a misuse of one of these somewhere in this post, because of my self-righteousness.) Is it maybe in part because they're rarely given the opportunity to practice using them correctly? Have we just stopped caring?
I know this can’t be blamed all on our love of abbreviating everything, but I know I can’t be the only one who has accidentally typed “omg” or “lol” into a WIP (or worse—a school paper). It happens; the brain forgets that no, you’re not typing jokes back and forth right now with your best friend, you’re writing a paper about why the Roman Empire failed. Or you shoot off that email to the agent who requested a partial with a line like: “I’ve attached the first thirty pages, as you requested :)”. They don’t so much want to see the smiley faces, cute as they are. But sometimes, it’s just so easy to forget!
It makes me wonder if, one day, we’ll get to the point where books are littered with words like: srsly, tho, IMO, BTW and LMAO. Or sentences like, “his face went all >:(” Will we eventually just give up on trying to be correct? I hope not, despite the fact that I am a total fan of abbreviating and drawing pretty smiles in informal situations. So long as they don’t take over the world.