How polite are you while you’re online? You should think about this when you start your week. Is there a time when LOL is okay in a text? Do you ever just text “alright” instead of typing “K”? In her piece for tech.usatoday.com, tech columnist Jennifer Jolly discusses internet etiquette.
The headline of the article is Mind Your Online Manners: Why You Shouldn’t Use Emojis or Periods in Text. Let’s get this party started, shall we? In order to make sure you’ve reviewed your internet etiquette, she offers seven different ways… seven different things, excuse me.
It’s a shorthand approach to quickly let people know that everything is fine, as she demonstrates with the usage of the letter K in place of alright in text messages.
It was popular in the early 2000s, according to Jennifer’s column.
However, in recent years, many people have come to view typing the letter K as a passive aggressive response to someone. When texting someone, write okay or KK instead of just that single K. This is how many of you younger people text each other instead.
The thumbs up emoticon is something else to bear in mind while utilising emoticons.
Obviously, a large number of people will do this simply to show their support for an SMS message. Keep in mind, however, that for some younger users, that’s considered as a passive aggressive answer and a way to quickly conclude a conversation that you’re planning to end.
Even though it appears as though there are many bizarre unwritten conventions, they do exist. Having this knowledge will come in handy in the future, especially if you make a texting faux pas.
The use of acronyms like LOL, SMH, and others should also be considered. In case you’re wondering, LOL refers to laughing aloud. To her, a LOL means “plenty of love,” so if someone sends you a letter detailing an unfortunate scenario and you reply with a LOL, it could be misconstrued.