Is texting a creative form of language use/ standard english?

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think texting can be creative, but it seldom is done in Standard English because there are so many initials and short forms of words used.  The creative challenge can be to get your message across in a very few words.  There have been some contest on the radio, for example, in which people wrote short stories of 140 or fewer characters, and the ones I heard were quite creative.  As a teacher, I have thought of ideas to put texting to use in the classroom, for example, to text a theme of a story, book, or poem within the character limit.  In a social studies class, it would be creative to make up a text to summarize a period of history or to state the positions of the presidential candidates on an issue.  There is certainly nothing uncreative about trying to summarize your ideas with as few words as possible, and good writing, actually, does exactly that!