Look a little closer.

Spell out the words: guarantee, mischievous, neighborhood, occasionally, restaurant, twelfth


If any of those words spark you as common words you use regularly, then you’ve typed them out before. Now, we all think we know everything but there was most likely the use of autocorrect when writing the words out.

This might be true, and yes autocorrect is helpful but it can also do us wrong. We have all been typing a very serious text when all of the sudden a word is corrected and messes it up entirely.

Autocorrect cannot read our minds just as as hard as you try to sing to Shazam it will not pick up on the one song lyric you have stuck in your head. So as hard as you butcher a word autocorrect could still have no suggestions for you.

Now we can all blame it on autocorrect when our texts are a little off but overall we use autocorrect more than we know. It is making its way to the way we talk and write. It is making us worse at writing in the “real world.”

Writing out words has become less popular and kids are now abbreviating every word you can think of. The lingo is getting hard to keep up with. There are the most known phrases: asap (as soon as possible), diy (do it yourself), aka (also known as); then there are new abbreviations that only a limited number of people in the world know and use: btt (back to topic), dgmw (don’t get me wrong), wfm (works for me).

Those are phrases that people use so why not just spell them out, I don’t know about you but when I read a text I want to be able to read it without getting confused what the words are meaning to represent. We most of the time already have to think in the mind of the sender if we are trying to figure out their intentions for sending it, now we have to read their minds on words too.

It is making texting lazy, lazier than writing a letter or even making a phone call. Now most people wouldn’t use those abbreviations in a verbal conversation but now that the younger generations are on the phone texting earlier in their life it is not helping them learn the true spelling of words.

Next time you go to text, you’re hopefully going to have a hard time abbreviating your words, at least, for a little. But autocorrect will still be there for you, just not in class when you can’t remember if its “it’s” or “its.”

Yep, the first “its” is supposed to be “it’s.” Bet some of you didn’t get that, it’s okay I put this article into a word document and used autocorrect to fix up the little words.

If autocorrect is available might as well use it, just look a little closer and the every use of it.

If anything, next time look at the text as a whole and think about the words you do type out, make sure they have true meaning.


Featured image photographed by Peter Madsen (Creative Commons, Flickr)


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