I think this is silly. Appropriate language in appropriate company. Just like you refrain from saying “skullfuck” in front of your granmother, you refrain from lol-ing on a test at school. I see NO PROBLEM with FORCING kids to use actually words to write an essay. I have been texting & IMing since I was 14…(wow…almost a DECADE!) and I have never had any issues with simply typing or texting things out normally. I do use some abbreviations…w/, dmg, covg - but a lot of my abbreviations I picked up from work. How many times can you type out comprehensive deductible & always do it right? Not many…so comp ded works fine IN MY FIELD. However, when I am sending something to a friend, or non-industry person, I try to type it out the first time, and abbreviate it after that, so they will understand.
I use LOL sometimes, but I still think it’s a little weird to actually use. I remember when they would get so long…“rotflmaoayatinatbihtime!” Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off at you and thinking I need a tissue because I have tears in my eyes!
Seriously…those were so ridiculous.