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OMG, They're Texting!

January 30, 2009

"OMG! City teachers alarmed as IM speak sneaks into students' writing."

The cover of amNew York, a local tabloid shouted at me and I couldn't help but pick it up to read more.
The story quotes a seventh-grade teacher who says students actually answer "IDK" when she asks them questions and that they write "OMG" in their essays.

"It's hard for kids to differentiate between essay language, IM language and proper oral speech between friends and adults," the teacher said.

The principal of another school said that some of his students who are applying to college felt 100 words were enough for a 300-word essay.

Does texting have a place in accounting firms? Tune in Tuesday to read my column, Texting Across Generations. Or share your own thoughts.

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Comments (5)
As the parent of a 12 year old, it saddens me to see intelligent kids communicate in a way that makes them appear less intelligent. It's hard for them to see that the abbreviations and slang they use in texting are not appropriate for e-mails and essays. Lack of phone skills is also an issue. I think this generation will have a hard time adjusting to college and the business world. I hope the schools crack down on this.
Posted by CW | Tuesday, February 03 2009 at 11:20AM ET
That's a good point about the terms we use. But I would suppose that the partners would have to also make sure they explain to the staff what is and is not appropriate when talking to clients.
Posted by Alexandra D | Monday, February 02 2009 at 1:51PM ET
Funny, but that's what most Boomers tell me. They know how to text because they text their kids. But the point is, they are trying to work the way their kids work instead of forbidding them from doing it or forcing them to do things their way all the time.
Posted by Alexandra D | Monday, February 02 2009 at 1:47PM ET
This shouldn't be so alarming, it is just a continuation of a long trend. We use ASAP, RSVP, APB, FASB, etc as quick speak for longer terms or concepts. It will just require the teachers to teach the children when to use and when not to use.
Posted by Lynn B | Monday, February 02 2009 at 8:18AM ET
I think Baby Boomer CPAs are finally starting to "get it" when it comes Millennial technology. After all, most of them text their own kids.

I also think that Baby Boomer CPA females get it more than the guys. Probably because Moms text their kids more than Dads? However, I bet you don't see many CPA Baby Boomers on Twitter.
Posted by Rita K | Monday, February 02 2009 at 8:18AM ET
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