I know many people have been caught lying by texting someone a message meant for another person. Maybe you lied to your parents telling them your sleeping over your friends when you really at that party you know you can’t miss. Or maybe you just are a liar. But I think we can all be labeled as fibbers of the truth when it comes to sending those fake abbreviations in a text message.
How many times have you put a “HAHA” in a text just to send something during that awkward moment when you have nothing else to say? The message you probably received wasn’t funny, so why would you deceive someone by telling them they are humorous. Or what about the message that starts out with “LOL. I highly doubt you are laughing out loud to a reply of a simple “WHATSUP”. If I was a parent and heard my child laughing in their room with no television or actual talking conversation going on, I would think they have a serious problem. But the most abused line of all is “ROFL”. There is no way a text message is that funny that your body goes into an uncontrollable fit on the ground as you laugh so hard it brings you to tears. I hate when I just say send a normal text to keep the conversation going along and I get that obnoxious reply. If my monotonous “NMJC” is so hysterical to you, then you shouldn’t attend any funny movies or stand up comedy. I wouldn’t want to see or be anywhere near your reaction to that.
While abbreviations can be fun, it doesn’t give you the right to abuse them. They need to be handled responsibly because one misplacement of a “HA” or a “ROFL” instead of a “LOL” can cause catastrophic events in the realm of texting.