That by investigating the language of a text conversation you can decide weither an adult or child is replying.

SMS messaging was first used on the 3rd of December 1992, but since then the language used in texts has changed. For example it is a known stereotype that teenagers use abbreviations such as “lol”, “gtg”, “lmao” and “omg”. It is also believed that adults use a much more formal approach when texting. For example using punctuation and full words. My hypothesis is that the language of a text conversation will change depending on the age of the person being texted.

Example 1:


Sammie: Yo

Paris: hellooo what r u up 2

Sammie: wyd

Paris: lol

Sammie: O lmao

Paris: not much HBU

Sammie: Samee whats youre next option

Paris: hahahah we r very interesting people & music yum

Sammie: Very Noice

In the example above you can see that the grammar is incorrect and most of the words have been shortened, for example “r” and “u”. These words have been shortened because it if easier to read and type. They could have also been shortened because in society today there is a lot of pressure by social media and peers to be cool. This relates to how teenager text because the shortened language and simple sentences are cool to use.



Sammie: Hi mum, can you please pick up a bag of amy’s stuff from her house in cromwell on the way home?

Mum: I’m not going that way sorry, It takes fifteen minutes longer.

Sammie: Pweaseeee

Mum: Nope.

Sammie: Fine

Mum: She can stay though.

Sammie: Ok, hopefully we can find a way!

Mum: Let me know if she’s staying. Will you guys eat pizza?

Sammie: Yes, when are you coming home?

Mum: 6:30

Sammie: Ok, see ya <3




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  1. I look forward to you adding more analysis to this work. You have made an excellent point in your hypothesis, and it deserves full expansion.


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