As a twenty something, I came of age with technology.
These abbreviations, along with many others, marked my teenage years. My generation came of age, for the first time in our country’s history, online via chat rooms and AOL’s instant messenger. These instantaneous windowed interactions were fast and immediate and were marketed as substituted and simulated face to face conversations. Consequently, the speed and accuracy with which I type reflected my learned skill of communicating in direct and split-second speed, often called real time. In order to make these multiple, simultaneous chats with different people in different locations feel real, I was forced to learn how to type quickly.