Text messaging is arguably the most casual form of communication availableā€”and, back when we all first began to text on our dumbphones, the sort of shorthand style that developed was perfectly reasonable. Why strain to type out full words, when a universally understood abbreviation could do the job just as well?

Now that smartphones are the norm, a perfectly punctuated messageā€”all its words spelled out in fullā€”is easy to craft but seems somehow contrived. Or maybe it's a relief and a very good thing. I don't know. I text different contacts differently.


Do you bother? Do you care?