Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
While a certain amount of it is "laziness", you should probably consider that language does change overtime. You might not understand it, and the values that you learned don't support it, but that doesn't mean that it is wrong. You might not like, I don't like it, so we don't use it, but in its own way its a dialect that isn't so much regional, but age dependent.
The majority of these people know how to write correctly, they just don't, and they don't see the need to justify themselves. They understand each other perfectly, so it is fulfilling the requirements of a language - communication. If someone communicates with you in this manner you can ask them not to, but I don't think many people would. Lots of sub-cultures have their own languages, even the horse one (in a much lesser extent). If we were to talk to people about lunging, impulsion, seat aids etc they wouldn't have a clue what we were talking about, and each group of horse people (stables etc) are probably going have developed their own terminology too that other horse people wouldn't totally understand. Subcultures across time would have had their own way of communicating. This is the way that some of the youth choose to communicate today, and while many (usually older) people don't like it, that doesn't really matter as they are not included in this group.
Its a bit weird how things change. As a kid I was always taught not to put my elbows on the table when eating. I moved in with a close friend and they always did it which I thought was a bit uncouth, so I mentioned it. They said they weren't going to act based on these pretty much obsolete traditions and continued to do so. I thought that was strange, I thought surely they would want to have correct manners etc, and surely they would know that people would judge them badly because of this. It took me a while to realise that even though I wouldn't eat with my elbows on the table, that it was their choice not to follow it, that lack of manners didn't always show an uneducated, careless person, but just someone who didn't feel the need to follow these traditions.
So I don't know, I don't use text speak, and it irritates me when people try and speak to me that way without checking if I speak that way to, but I just accept that it is their form of language, I mean I wouldn't have a problem with someone speaking German or French, and I inform them (if it is illegible or I will be communicating with them for a long time) that I have not a clue what they are talking about, as to me the letter "u" is just a letter and not a pronoun.