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June 1, 2009


Technology Expert - LG has unveiled DTXTR (or "de-text-er"), a translation tool for us old fogies. According to LG's press release, the translator offers access to over 2000 texting acronyms, such as the over popular ROFL (Rolling On Floor Laughing), PAW (Parents Are Watching), and ^URS (Up Yours).

At the same time, LG also announced the results of the "LG Mobile Phones Survey on Parents, Teens and Texting" which surveyed 1,000+ parents of teens who text as well as 1,000+ teens/tweens on their texting habits:

Teens and tweens are sending 20,209 texts every second, or more than 1.2 million texts every minute, in the U.S. alone.

52% of teens say a parent reading their text messages is worse than if they read their emails or diaries.

32% of teens feel like they can say things in a text message that they wouldn't have the nerve to say otherwise.

31% of teens think parents check their texts.

Actually 47% of younger parents read their teens' texts without consent.

Of course, without DTXTR, how could they understand half of the messages? At any rate, TTYL (talk to you later).


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So then the smart kids will still be able to get away with shit.

June 1, 2009 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People who don't trust anyone and have no confidence in their own worth are compelled to spy on others, which is why our country is a snitch-ass piece of police state crap and deservedly so.

June 1, 2009 8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our state HHS department has been all over the airways with a campaign to let parents know, "Your Kids Are Drinking." Over and over, the message is to never trust your child, and use every opportunity to monitor and micro-manage their every breath. Not reading your child's texts and email is almost a sign of neglect. I mentioned this to my spouse and he replied:

"Yeah, he's drinking , but at least he isn't ruining the country with some Junior Achievement crap."

June 4, 2009 11:03 PM  

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