Modern technology gives us many things.

We’re not all fans of emoticons and abbreviations

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Does the notion that frequent texters butchering the English language with abbreviations and emoticons annoy you?

Well, you’re not alone.

Research from Telstra has shown that half of all Australians don’t like receiving SMS with these symbols and contractions.



Yes, good grammar and spelling is back in style. Some of these much maligned short words include  “soz” (sorry); tomoz (tomorrow) and totes (totally).

But while half of us cringed when seeing these words in SMS, it didn’t do anything to dampen our love of text messaging.

Last year Telstra customers sent more than nine billion text messages.

Telstra’s research also revealed some interesting details about Australian mobile phone users.

We love SMS – One in 10 Australians send 10 text messages a day. But that’s nothing compared to younger users aged 18-24 sending 40 texts every weekend on average.

Watch your spelling – 40 per cent of Australian men and 32 per cent of women don’t like abbreviations and misspelled words in text messages.

Emoticons not the way to a man’s heart – 56 per cent of men find emoticons silly or unnecessary. 32 per cent of women feel the same way.

Abbreviations we actually like – LOL (laugh out loud); OMG (oh my God); GR8 (great) and FYI (for your information).

Abbreviations we hate – totes (totally); 4COL (for crying our loud); wut (what); I <3u (I love you); redic (ridiculous).

Bedside table – nearly half of all Australians (46.9 per cent) sleep with their mobile on or right next to their bed.

Senior texters – more than three quarters of seniors aged 65 and older send text messages daily.

Telstra’s research comes with the announcement the company is offering new Pre-Paid Weekend + plans which allows customers to make free calls and send free SMS to any network all weekend.

Telstra consumer executive director Rebekah O’Flaherty says the new pre-paid plan was the result of all this research.

“We understand Australians are unique and use their phone differently, which is why we are continually looking at ways we can help customers stay in touch with their friends by having offers that include extra value, without it costing the world,” she said.