Text messaging has become popular among younger generations. Some people use text messaging as their main form of communication.

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Text messaging has become popular among younger generations. Some people use text messaging as their main form of communication.

It's all in the text

Unlimited plans more popular as younger generations get caught up in text-messaging craze

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The lingo of text messaging:

@ - at, around about

4 for

2 to, too

2DAY today

4EVER - forever

ADDY - address

B4 before

BTW by the way

BC because

EZ easy

GAL get a life

GN good night

GR8 - great

INFO information

IMS I am sorry

JK just kidding

L8R later

LOL laugh out loud

MSG - message

MTG meeting

NP no problem

OMG oh my God

PLS please

SLAP sounds like a plan

SUP what's up?

TMR tomorrow

TNX thanks

U - you

XOXO hugs and kisses

LOL.

JW.

G2G.

Or, in other words for those of you who are text-messaging-illiterate, these translate to laugh out loud, just wondering and got to go.

These abbreviations are starting to consume younger generations' vocabularies.

They are the abbreviations used to communicate with their friends through text messaging.

For Chance Buckner, a sophomore-to-be at The Rangley Campus of Colorado North-western Community College, text messaging is his most commonly used form of communication.

"Ever since I started college, I started text messaging a lot," Buckner said. " On a daily basis now, I send roughly 250 to 300 messages."

This is the reason unlimited text messaging plans have become so popular at local cell phone providers, Radio Shack sales associate Carrie Hertzog said.

The most popular package at Radio Shack is $10 a month for an unlimited amount of text messages to any other Verizon phone and 500 messages to other service providers a month.

Although Hertzog sees the popularity among the younger generations, she also admits to appreciating the advantages of text messaging.

"It is really convenient to text message because you can get to the point," Hertzog said. "It is quick and easy."

However, she uses messaging sporadically.

Since April, Hertzog has sent and received 135 messages total. Compared to that, Buckner on average has sent 22,500 messages during that time period.

"Text messaging really started becoming popular one year ago. Everyone who buys a cell phone from us gets a text messaging package," Hertzog said. "Going over your message limited can be expensive, costing some $400."

Freshman-to-be Maddie Jor-genson learned this the hard way.

After getting her first phone in seventh grade, Jorgenson discovered text messaging the next year and ever since is a self-proclaimed text-messaging addict.

It became so addictive at one point she went over her allowed messages and had to pay it off in allowance money.

That was when she didn't have a plan. Now, she has unlimited freedom, sending more than 50 text messages a day to her friends.

"I probably would rather send my friends a message than talk to them on the phone, it is just easier that way," Jorgensen said. "I have a lot of long conversations over text messaging."

These conversations are mostly with her girl friends from school.

But entering high school, Jorgenson sees text messaging as an icebreaker to communicate with boys, compared to calling, which is intimidating.

"If a boy told me to call him, I would probably text message him first," Jorgenson said. "Especially if I just met him. It wouldn't be as personal."

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