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NY Times: Text Generation Gap: U R 2 Old (JK), in which NY Times discovers that !!gasp!! young people are sending text messages to each other, and that is changing (!!!) how people are communicating!!! SHITS!!! Here’s the requisite adult-missing-the-point moment:

“They don’t know that’s the time to carry on a conversation,” [a father] said. “I would like to walk up to some tables and say, ‘Kids, put your iPods and your cellphones away and talk to your parents.’ ”

But even he has found that enforcing rules is harder than might be expected. He now permits Savannah to send text messages while watching TV, after he noticed her using a blanket over her lap to hide that she was sending messages to friends. “I could have them in the same room texting, or I wouldn’t let them text and they would leave,” said Mr. Pence of his children. “They are good kids, but you want to know what they are up to.”

Was anyone else blinded by the gloss over? “grrr. damn those kids. no manners. my own daughter? ahhh, what can you do?”

I am surprised teenagers still write in that annoying shorthand. Why does the teenage eagerness for adult activities (e.g. sex, alcohol, driving) not extend to grammar, diction, and basic punctuation?

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