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 (39531)
• Manchester, England
24 Aug
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
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 (39531)
• Manchester, England
24 Aug
@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
@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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• New Delhi, India
24 Aug
Are you 43years old?
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• Malaysia
24 Aug
You're awful at guessing!! I didn't know I sound 43 though.
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• New Delhi, India
24 Aug
@cahaya1983 I am near
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• Malaysia
25 Aug
@ModernDayWriter That's a decade more, still way off. Haha
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@sofssu (14912)
26 Aug
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
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 (14912)
29 Aug
@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
@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 (9020)
• Japan
26 Aug
My mom always uses jajajaja and jejejeje instead of the usual hahahaha and hehehehe. She's 60+.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug
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 (9020)
• Japan
26 Aug
@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
@sol_cee Too funny
• United States
24 Aug
I think you can get a hint. I love emoji's too when I text especially.
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• Malaysia
25 Aug
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
@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
@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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@seldom (1603)
• Albania
26 Aug
Nah, you can't tell. I didn't notice.
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• Malaysia
27 Aug
Sometimes I can guess by their style if writing and how much modern slang they use.
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@seldom (1603)
• Albania
28 Aug
@cahaya1983 ok, say my comments are texting, how old I am?
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• Malaysia
2 Sep
@seldom Oh wow ummm I don't know...30-ish?
@salonga (26576)
• Philippines
25 Aug
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
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 (26576)
• Philippines
26 Aug
@cahaya1983 She is not alone.
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@SIMPLYD (65731)
• Philippines
25 Aug
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
As long as people can understand what you're saying I guess it doesn't really matter.
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@SIMPLYD (65731)
• Philippines
25 Aug
@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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@acelawrites (8522)
• Philippines
6 Sep
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
I know right? Haha. I do edit them silently sometimes. Can't help it!
@jstory07 (43290)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Sep
I have never tried to guess anyone age. Age is just a nimber.
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• Malaysia
6 Sep
I don't actively guess either, it just happens unconsciously I suppose.
@epiffanie (6727)
• Australia
30 Aug
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
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 (12532)
• Canada
28 Aug
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
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 (5450)
• United States
27 Aug
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
I think I tend to use haha more than LOL. Either that or the emoji
@jaboUK (44540)
• United Kingdom
26 Aug
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
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 (13172)
• Malaysia
26 Aug
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
Old school is best! At least we know people won't misunderstand or get confused!
• United States
26 Aug
I am not sure
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• Malaysia
26 Aug
Sometimes it is hard to guess.
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• United States
26 Aug
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
Yes I agree, you made a good point. There are certain writing styles that can tell us about their age.
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@ChesneyM (5441)
26 Aug
maybe, maybe not... Some teenagers do have a habit of using lots of abbreviations, but I have seen others in their 60s doing the same.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug
Yeah but I'm sure it's to a much lesser extent than what the youngsters use.
@paigea (16296)
• Canada
26 Aug
Maybe. I don't use much modern slang so I guess that shows my age.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug
Yes slang is definitely something milennials use a lot.
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@shaggin (20334)
• United States
26 Aug
I think it they used a lot of terms that I was not used to that they probably are a lot younger then me. Other then that I probably would not be able to tell.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug
Yes the younger generation usually use a lot of modern slang (there's even an urban dictionary online explaining the meaning of those words) that even I myself don't understand.