Text Researcher Caroline Tagg, Phd in Texting
OMFG. Dr. Caroline Tagg has a Phd in texting. Seriously. Text researcher Caroline Tagg spent more than three years at Birmingham University (time that she'll never get back) studying patterns in text messages. Basically, analyzing how people "spoke" via SMS.
Dr. Tagg found that people don't abbreviate as often as we presume, and that the average text message only conatains 17.5 words.
She discovered that people text in the same way as if they were talking, using unnecessary words such as 'oh', 'erm' and often use grammatical abbreviations like 'dunno'.
Good thing someone's keeping an eye on this scintillating aspect of writtent communiation.
One example of an almost 'pointless and waffly' text she analysed read: "Hi. I know you are at work but I just wanted you to know I found my pen lid."
Dr. Caroline Tagg's next project is to drill down further, studying children's texting habits. Back in my day, children didn't have texting habits, because we didn't have