Teens now spend more time on their phones than any other generation before them. So it's no wonder the talking they do with their thumbs can sometimes carry over with a pen and paper.
"Texting is a second language to them, so when the write for formal situations, their text lingo translates into their writing," says Sherry Whiddon, a Deerlake Middle School teacher.
Mrs. Whiddon teaches 8th grade and says the occassional text sneak into a term paper doesn't concern her. She knows the students have been given the proper training.
"They do know common conventions of spelling and grammar but they'll squeeze in the lol or the omg," adds Whiddon.
Some students have seen the abrieviations accidentally pop up on their own paper.
"I would sometimes write the letter U instead of writing the word out on accident and then I would have to erase it but now I'm pretty used to it," says Kennedy Williams, a Deerlake Middle School student.
" I think it's just simple, it's easy and it's something we all do pretty much," says Anna Franklin, also a student at Deerlake Middle School.
A few schools in Leon County are even taking advantage of it and adapting to the way students communicate.
"We're incorporating that text and social media into what is normally very formal," says Whiddon.
That doesn't mean that text lingo is accepted in class, it just means that teachers are changing the way kids get the right information.
Students often will check facebook before they do their homework, so why not have their teacher post about it on a school page. That is just one of the ways schools are tweaking their format so that students can't say IDK when the teachers asks for their homework.
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