The Use of Excessive Puncuation in Text Lingo

Apparently, I have found that I am really stupid in my communication with my daughter again. Why is it that even though my daughter and I are in the same house all communication is via text? We could walk around in total silence and just be texting and everything will be taken care of. So, the use of emotion during your texts is something that I am just learning about through a conversation with my daughter.

Allow me to explain . . .

I am one way. I am big on time management, accountability, responsibility, being where you should be, etc. Yes, I have issues but so does she (and pretty much everybody reading this too).

So, my daughter and I had an argument this morning and I set a 3:30 pm time where we were going to chat. Daddy daughter daughter daddy time!!!!

She was late and I texted her, “Where are you????????”

Well, when she showed up and I asked her she told me to chill . . .

Also, she responded in her text back to me, “Jesus Christ . . . Calm your text.”

Notice that there is no punctuation in her text to me. Although it is rude there is no punctuation which means there is no emotion in her texting but because my text had excessive ???????????? that means I am pissed.

So, we talked and she made me laugh and feel like I am an idiot so even though she was an hour and 47 minutes late to school today I can’t discipline her because . . .

Oh, just because. You don’t undertand until you become responsible for a 17 year old. Sometimes I want to kill her and sometimes I just want to hug her. She makes me laugh.

So, be careful about how you use text messaging. Excessive punctuation can really piss someone off.

However, if you write, “143 4 eva!!!!!!!!!!!!!” that means you really really love that person.

I am learning so much . . .

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!! (That means have a really great weekend.)

Jeff Yalden

Author:Jeff Yalden, Youth Motivational Speaker

Youth Motivational Speaker & Teen Life Coach. Since 1992, Jeff Yalden has been mesmerizing audiences with his engaging style and passion. Jeff is a story-teller that every where he speaks, he guarantees he is real and in the moment, perfect for every audience. He is one of a kind. He's interactive and nobody pours as much energy and passion into their programs that Jeff does. Guaranteed, Jeff will be a defining moment and a highlight of your students lives. www.JeffYalden.com

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