The Internet is a big part of the modern teenager's life, and with that comes chatting online. As such, this is often portrayed in novels, movies, and shows, but one thing that really bothers me is the way teenagers are portrayed as IM'ing. A lot of the time, you'll see conversations like this:
h0ll1st3r_gurl: OMG hey grrl what r u doing 2nite?
equally_ann0ying_grrl: OMG hey whazzup im just chilling @ home LOL
h0ll1st3r_gurl: LOL dont b a loser your coming 2 the party @ adam's
This is the so-called "chatspeak", and speaking as a teenager, this is something none of my friends use. Sometimes if we're in a rush while texting or running low on characters, we'll type "u" for you", but when chatting online with ample time, we talk normally.
Teenagers - at least the ones I know - don't necessarily chat formally with punctuation and everything, but they do type words full-out, like "are" instead of "r". It honestly took me longer to type that example dialogue than writing the previous paragraph. Plus, "LOL" and "OMG" are only capitalized when you intend it as something to be shouted.
What's your experience with examples of online chatting in books/movies? Does it annoy you when you see "chatspeak" used?