As if we needed any additional evidence that the end of days is upon us, today I read “Not all 🙂 as informal writing creeps into teen assignments” by Anick Jesdanun. To wit:
Half of the teens surveyed say they sometimes fail to use proper capitalization and punctuation in assignments, while 38 percent have carried over the shortcuts typical in instant messaging or e-mail messages, such as “LOL” for “laughing out loud.” A quarter of teens have used 🙂 and other emoticons.
Overall, 64 percent have used at least one of the informal elements in school.
Teens who consider electronic communications with friends as “writing” are more likely to carry the informal elements into school assignments than those who distinguish the two.
Read more, if you can bring yourself to do so without throwing yourself into a pit of despair regarding today’s youth and how our language is going to hell in a txtspeak handbasket.