We now live in a generation where smartphones and tablets are one’s main everyday necessity. When one is out and about the urban jungle, to get a ride or know the directions, this person can quickly do all this in just one tap of a finger.
Because we are in the millennial stage, everything we once accessed traditionally can now be accessed technologically. For instance, when you’re up to finding certified translators in the Philippines, you can just browse your mobile phone to find the translation agency fit for your requirements instead of looking at traditional maps to find offices.
This trend has also influenced the way we communicate. From personal snail mails down to electronic ones, emerging text messaging apps, electronic mail platforms, and chat platforms per social networking site boomed in the global market.
But there are times communication becomes ineffective because of these kinds of exchanges.
Thus, here are three reasons texting and chatting are losing their efficiency in everyday communication:
- The emerging use of emoticons or emojis as the new language
Since the smartphone boom, these handheld devices have helped many people communicate faster and more effectively. Thanks to voice messages, phone calls, and text messages, we can easily contact people in just one dial. Using the cute little figures of faces with different expressions, you can definitely understand what another person is saying or feeling in just 1 or 2 pictographs.
While the use of emojis to converse with people today is growing more and more popular, others who are not accustomed to the trend find it disturbing. For the elderly, emoticons are destroying our language. Some find it offensive, while others use the context to further supplement or enhance the way we write to the person we’re talking to.
To many, according to BBC, “emojis are an exciting evolution of the way we communicate; to others, they are linguistic Armageddon.”
What is it for you?
- The inevitable texting shortcuts
To be time-efficient, we normally use shortcuts when it comes to texting.
Texting and/or chatting made communication easier by helping us avoid long, unpleasant phone conversations, especially when we’re busy. If we needed to send an important message, we can instantly leave them in our inboxes once we receive them, allowing us to save important notes or schedules, especially those who do not use smartphones.
In addition to this, many people use improper grammar when they text. They usually use shortcuts to be able to relay a message quickly and effectively. However, this damages how we talk to people in person as it affects the way we think.
In some cases, frequent use of shortcuts in texting can even lead to poor writing in general. Worse, people who use shortcuts lose their ability to modify or change their tone and style upon conversing. According to one account, many employers complain that entry-level hires have no idea how to come up or create a business letter or communicate appropriately to their superiors. What about those who want or had ventured in opportunities outside the country?
We suggest you hire a professional editor first, or you let peers review your letter before submitting. If this becomes a habit, it’s okay to consult professionals who can help you while starting.
- Typographical errors ruin the context
It’s funny when our smartphones autocorrect what we type, especially if it’s a non-default, unrecognizable English word. Even if we’re not in need of Tagalog to English translation, our smartphones just tend to automatically correct itself! To avoid these instances, you better start proofreading your texts or chat messages before sending them. Otherwise, you’re going to be the laughing stock of the other channel’s screen and find yourself ridiculed by your own honest mistake.
There are those who tend to adopt the way they text with the way they write, and this can be prone to errors. That is why you need a certified translation agency that also provides professional proofreading and copyediting services. At Lexcode, not only do we aim to break the language barrier for you through our premium translation and interpretation services, but we also guarantee excellent quality by producing error-free documents.