Why do people use "ur" and other shortenings?

@hirals (1738)
India
January 23, 2007 3:21pm CST
I really can't understand why so many people use "ur" and other shortenings. It seems VERY unprofessional to me and makes it seem like the poster is inexperienced and young. What are "ur" thoughts?
3 responses
@caribe (2465)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I agree with you that it is unprofessional and makes the poster seem young and inexperienced. It is also difficult for me to read. It takes me twices as long to read the shortened text because I have to try to figure out what they are saying.
@xbritterx (170)
• United States
23 Jan 07
in an email I cant stand it but in Instant messaging its just nature. people are always in a hurry that shortens it
@DRoddy77 (1780)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Sometimes I do it just purely out of habit. I do shorten words like that when Im chatting through instant messenger or text messaging someone and it just becomes a habit.