At its peak, it was the cause of vigorous debate about its potentially detrimental effect on literacy, but with the advent of alphabetic keyboards on smartphones its use, and the controversies surrounding it, have receded and died off.
It also shares some of these characteristics with Internet slang and Telex speak following from how its evolution is rather symbiotic to the evolution of use of shorthand in Internet chat rooms.
We would only need to say or do something if: A lot of people are trying to contact Childline right now so you may have to wait longer than usual for a counsellor to become available.
You can still get support while you're waiting on our message boards or by calling a counsellor for free on 0800 1111.
This means that whatever you say stays between you and Childline.Our rules are designed to support the creation of an inviting environment to meet new people, share coping strategies and participate in vibrant discussions. Here is a list of rules which if violated, may result in a Member or User being removed from a chat room or permanently banned from using Anxiety UK.Please be advised that we report certain types of activities to the authorities and cooperate with law enforcement conducting criminal investigations.Three features of early mobile phone messaging encouraged users to use abbreviations: (a) Text entry was difficult, requiring multiple key presses on a small keypad to generate each letter; (b) Messages were limited to 160 characters; and (c) it made texting faster.Once it became popular it took on a life of its own and was often used outside of its original context.