The Aurora Borealis, crop circles and the mass extinction of dinosaurs 65 million years ago are more easily explained than the phenomenon of instant messaging.
My kids can be next door to a friend and, instead of walking outside and talking over the fence (oooh that sun is sooo hot!) they'll sit and chat for hours via IM.
For hours. TO THE KID NEXT DOOR.
Instead of picking up the phone and holding a conversation that would only take a minute or two, some choose to type into a cold unfeeling computer program which whisks each message across the 'net to a similar window - at the same time stripping every bit of emotion, nuance and meaning out of it. And all the smiley faces in the world won't truly convey the message or emotion of the spoken word. That's why we're always mad at each other... we depend too much on email and IM.
For example, the following sentence can be taken a number of ways:
"How many times has he told you about fixating on sheep?"
First it could be asking how MANY times. Or, how many times has HE told you. Or, how many times has he told YOU. Or, about FIXATING on sheep. Or, fixating on SHEEP.
A simple sentence can mean so many things, and a phone call would make the message crystal clear... that you are wasting your time on sheep when goats are perfect replacements. Yet, we continue to be confused, pissed, slightly perturbed or bewildered by things we should be informed, enlightened and clear about.
Within that same realm, I am growing tired of terms like LOL. It's used far too often at inappropriate times. People, look... LOL means "Laugh Out Loud." If you don't laugh out loud, don't type LOL! Okay?
ROFLMAO means "Rolling On the Floor Laughing My Ass Off." Don't you agree that it would be difficult to reach the keyboard from the floor? So in reality, you weren't rolling anywhere, were you?
I suggest new, more appropriate acronyms:
CHUCKLE - Chuckle
STHWWS - Slight Tee Hee With Wry Smile
IFWYJSPFA - I Found What You Just Said Pretty Freaking Amusing (substitute the F if you wish)
OTWFIAPSOW - Okay That Was Funny In A Perverse Sort Of Way
TMPSOOMN - That Made Pepsi Shoot Out Of My Nose
YMMLSHITUAL - You Made Me Laugh So Hard I Threw Up A Little
Sure, it will take longer to type these, but at least you won't be deceptive. I want real honesty in the IM's. Not LOL. Never again LOL. And NO MORE SMILEY FACES!