Age and texting

Malaysia
August 24, 2016 10:33am CST
Just saw a funny post by a friend on FB. It says that sometimes you don't even need to see the person to know his/her age. You can guess just by the way they they type their text message. I guess there is a truth in that. But I personally am not very fond of using too many abbreviations and all that. Some people use it too much it's ridiculous. I do use emojis often though, when I text. But not too crazy. Do you think you can guess a person's age range by the way they text?
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@Asylum (46319)
• Manchester, England
24 Aug 16
I am one of those people whose age is shown because I always use correct English. I am not averse to texting, but will not hold a conversation that way. Instead I would simply telephone the person concerned.
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• Malaysia
24 Aug 16
Yeah at times I do choose to talk on the phone, especially when it comes to things that are too complicated to explain through text. Well correct English is definitely better than some hard to understand abbreviations!
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@Asylum (46319)
• Manchester, England
24 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 The problem is now compounding as text speech is becoming used on social sites as well. The !level of command of English here is poor enough, without people being given an easy way not to bother learning.
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
@Asylum Yes I agree. I can't even understand the terms the youngsters use sometimes. Plus it's not just with English, it's the same case with my native language as well.
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@sofssu (14748)
26 Aug 16
Maybe they are right.. I hate those abbreviations.. Its a pain to read those messages.. I am of the old school. I use a lot of emoji s though.
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• Malaysia
27 Aug 16
Yeah sometimes I do get annoyed when they try to abbreviate everything. I wouldn't mind emojis though, I use them often myself
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@sofssu (14748)
29 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 I fear for the language the way people text.. this generation hardly knows to spell words. They are so used o auto correct or text language.
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• Malaysia
2 Sep 16
@sofssu So true. It can become a habit when they use it too often. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't know the actual spelling of some words.
@sol_cee (12990)
• Japan
26 Aug 16
My mom always uses jajajaja and jejejeje instead of the usual hahahaha and hehehehe. She's 60+.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
Haha that's cute. I suppose because in her native language 'j' is pronounced as 'h'? Most people I know would use haha or LOL or the emoji
@sol_cee (12990)
• Japan
26 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 It's also hahaha/ hehehe in our language. She just wanna be 'in' with the new generation that's why. lol
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
@sol_cee Too funny
• United States
24 Aug 16
I think you can get a hint. I love emoji's too when I text especially.
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
Yeah me too. The emojis on Whatsapp are pretty cool I think. My mom has started using them often too and she's 50+ years old
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• United States
25 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 My mom doesn't know how to text. My dad does but he's slow at it! Lol
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
@infatuatedbby My parents both text but my dad never use emojis. But he does use abbreviations and stuff just like we do.
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• New Delhi, India
24 Aug 16
Are you 43years old?
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• Malaysia
24 Aug 16
You're awful at guessing!! I didn't know I sound 43 though.
• New Delhi, India
24 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 I am near
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
@ModernDayWriter That's a decade more, still way off. Haha
@peachpurple (7203)
• Malaysia
11 Oct
yes you can, teens always use the emoji and short cuts, for example you = "u"
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• Malaysia
12 Oct
Yes that's right. Also b4, gr8 and all that. I hardly use all the short forms and sometimes they annoy me.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct
@cahaya1983 my teen text me that way too, I had to ask her what the abbreviation stands for. She also used " duh " "Loh " "de" "Meh ", I really can't figure out what she was saying...
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• Malaysia
12 Oct
@peachpurple Haha. I have a few friends in my Whatsapp group that use "dy" for already. Gosh that annoys me.
@salonga (27961)
• Philippines
25 Aug 16
There is truth in that. I don't text the way my son does. I just hate too many abbreviations and actually hates receiving such kind of text messages because most times I can't understand them.
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
I have a younger cousin who abbreviates almost every single word she types, haha. I can barely understand her sentences!
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@salonga (27961)
• Philippines
26 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 She is not alone.
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@SIMPLYD (73924)
• Philippines
25 Aug 16
Yes, more or less . People of my age would go direct to the point and not abbreviate much .
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• Malaysia
25 Aug 16
As long as people can understand what you're saying I guess it doesn't really matter.
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@SIMPLYD (73924)
• Philippines
25 Aug 16
@cahaya1983 I hate it when my daughter abbreviates so shortly , i have to ask her to text clearly . So she knows since then .
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@dodoazo (8145)
• Philippines
12 Oct
If they're not my acquaintance, I couldn't determine their age. But with so many texts elaborations, decorations, I surmise to say that they're youths.
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• Malaysia
12 Oct
I used to think only youngsters like to use emoticons but lately I've noticed that many older people like to use them too.
@kepweng (4288)
4 Oct
do you still use mobile phone?
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• Malaysia
4 Oct
Yes I do. It's a necessity for me now
@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
It depends; and even old people follow the the trend; I don't do it; I just stick to what is usually being used; I don't want people who messes with words (I wanted to edit it! ) ha ha ha!
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• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
I know right? Haha. I do edit them silently sometimes. Can't help it!
@jstory07 (56077)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Sep 16
I have never tried to guess anyone age. Age is just a nimber.
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• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
I don't actively guess either, it just happens unconsciously I suppose.
@epiffanie (8351)
• Australia
30 Aug 16
I seldom receive texts .. only to some of my clients .. I can't tell their age by the way they text ..
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• Malaysia
2 Sep 16
I use texting more than I make/receive calls. Sometimes it's hard to guess but usually the way they text does give me a clue.
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@1hopefulman (18632)
• Canada
28 Aug 16
I'm more of a visual person and need to see them in order to guess approximately their age.
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• Malaysia
28 Aug 16
Sometimes the way they write the text can give me a clue, but other times I can't really tell.
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@marsha32 (6781)
• United States
27 Aug 16
I rarely use emoji's and usually type out the whole word. I do use LOL a lot though.
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• Malaysia
28 Aug 16
I think I tend to use haha more than LOL. Either that or the emoji
@jaboUK (49034)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug 16
I think it seems to be mostly younger people who text things like u r and gr8. I personally type the whole words, though I use emojis too. I'm 76.
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• Malaysia
27 Aug 16
Yeah I actually prefer whole words too when I text. I feel like it's more reader-friendly somehow And I love using emojis too!
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@kaka135 (13442)
• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
I guess so. I have seen some of my younger cousins' text or messages in Facebook, I don't even understand them at all. I do not like to use abbreviations too, as I don't know many of them. I guess old school, like me prefer to type it out all.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
Old school is best! At least we know people won't misunderstand or get confused!
• United States
26 Aug 16
I am not sure
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
Sometimes it is hard to guess.
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• United States
26 Aug 16
Sometimes I can tell by the way they text but mostly it's by what they say or how they say it.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
Yes I agree, you made a good point. There are certain writing styles that can tell us about their age.
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@paigea (20024)
• Canada
26 Aug 16
Maybe. I don't use much modern slang so I guess that shows my age.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 16
Yes slang is definitely something milennials use a lot.
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