So, some things that bug me about living in a virtual world. I know that's not a complete sentence, but deal with it. It's like a title. Think of it as a title.
First, I must make clear that I am not irritated with the fact that we all must live in this virtual world. This world was created for me; it's ideal for me. Who even wants to live in the crappy real world anyway? Who wants to deal with face to face combat when we could just be bombing each other from an office somewhere?
So, jumping right in, the first thing that bugs me is online abbreviations. Cringe and get it over with. You know you use them. We all do. We can't help it. It's a material virtual world and we are material virtual girls. My very least favorite abbreviation is "lol." I can't stand it. Are you really laughing out loud? Are you? Are you belly laughing, rolling on the floor, slappying your knee, snorting laughter laughing? Because I doubt that you are. Don't insult my intelligence (yes, my intelligence) by saying that you are. I know you're not.
Another abbreviation I can't stand is "dh" for dear husband, I gather, or "sahm" for, you guessed it, stay at home mom. It's become a status symbol for women who actually love their husbands and stay at home all day everyday (kudos, though) in a world of people who don't. Kind of cliquey.
Another really annoying type of abbreviation is the aymuy (abbreviation you make up yourself, for those of you not in the know).
Another thing that bugs me, and probably more than abbreviations, is the over use and misuse of punctuation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!!!! Barf. All that tells me is you're trigger happy. Also, ending every single sentence with more than the necessary number of periods, which is one and exactly one...... And turning statements into questions. Maybe you have noticed this????
Something else I can't stand, and I don't mean to offend, though I won't insult you by telling you it's your fault if I offend you, is using numerals or single letters instead of words. U know, like saying U will B back l8r 2 poke me in the I. That's about how comfortable it is to read, 2. It's not really a shortcut. It is actually more difficult to do. In this day and age, you need to know how to type to communicate, period. Unless you are my highschool boyfriend trying 2 tell me U luv me in under the 140 characters of a text message, I have to let this irritation stand.
Let's see, what else is there? Ah yes: USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. That indicates that you are yelling at me. Nothing else. There is no other way for me to take it. If you continue to YELL at me, I will just log off. SO THERE.
Don't confuse this with using selective capital letters to indicate sarcasm. Like "Oh, because I WANTED to eat dog poop," or "I just LOVE eating salad." This seems to be okay. At least it doesn't bother me. It actually makes me laugh when used well.
Also, I don't mind when people use periods for emphasis. But, oh. my. gosh. don't you think it will get old quick?
Well, did I make you mad? Are you saying, "but I do that, and it's not annoying?" Yes, yes you do (I do, too) and it is annoying. But what can we do? It's a new language. We have to use it to survive.