Cell phones have revolutionized our lives, maybe as much as any other invention in recent memory. My son-in-law Jim and I were talking about it recently and we each gave several great examples from our lives of where having a cell phone made a difficult situation much more manageable ... or in one case, of how my traveling through an extremely heavy snowfall in 1974 (a total of 22 inches!) would have been very different if I had had a cell phone.
Earlier this year I was surprised to read that cell phones are now used more for data than for calls. (Among many things, data includes Internet activity, various apps, music, games, and especially texting.) There's even something now called tethering, whereby you use your cell phone as a modem for your laptop to access the Internet. I have noticed more and more seniors with cell phones and wonder whether they use them most for calling. I pay for limited texting on my cell phone (250 messages a month) and text mainly my kids, a couple of friends, and a few students. We're trying to decide whether to add texting to Becka's cell phone.
One part of texting that I'm not too good at is the use of acronyms or abbreviations to cut down on the number of characters in a message — for instance, ttyl is "talk to you later" and thx is "thanks." It's not always easy to figure out what some of them mean. Today's post is a list of acronyms seniors might use in their texting.
Texting for Seniors
BTW: Bring the wheelchair
LOL: Living on Lipitor
OMG: Oy, my grandchildren!
ROFL. CGU: Rolling on the floor laughing. Can't get up!
IMHO: Is my hearing-aid on?
IMHMO: In my HMO
SUP: Speak up, please
TGIF: Thank goodness it's four (Four o'clock — Early Bird Special)
BF: Betablockers' friend
FYI: For your indigestion
JK: Just kvetching
GTG: Get the Geritol
TTYL: Talk to you louder
DWI: Driving while incontinent
BYOT: Bring your own teeth
LWO: Lawrence Welk's on!
MGAD: My grandson's a doctor
TALNINFTCW: Thanks a lot! Now I'll never finish that crossword!
GOML: Get off my lawn!
WIWYA: When I was your age....
I'll end with a funny cartoon I received this week. It's not just seniors who are baffled by modern technology.
Do you have a cell phone? Do you use it more for calling or for data? Do any of you seniors do texting? I look forward to the thoughts of my readers of all ages on the texting phenomenon.
"When God promises something, it happens." - Drew Conley
Q: What's one of the best things about being old?
A: No more calls from life insurance salesmen.
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