Options for communication are constrained by the nature of the hardware needed in order to gain Internet access.
Thus, productive linguistic capacity (the type of information that can be sent) is determined by the preassigned characters on a keyboard, and receptive linguistic capacity (the type of information that can be seen) is determined by the size and configuration of the screen.
However, while Internet slang shortcuts save time for the writer, they take two times as long for the reader to understand, according to a study by the University of Tasmania.
Internet slang provides a channel which facilitates and constrains our ability to communicate in ways that are fundamentally different from those found in other semiotic situations.
which are specifically aimed at usage on the Internet.
Even so, few users consciously heed these prescriptive recommendations on CMC, but rather adapt their styles based on what they encounter online.
Looking for someone who's active = Looking for someone who's thin.16.I'm not good at writing about myself = I'm hiding the effort I put into this. I have wide tastes in music = I'm not that into music.39. I changed my hair since my pictures = It's not me in my pictures.41.My favourite author is Murakami = I've never read any Murakami.42.I don't really know what to write = I'm just now realising that I'm not very interesting.23. I love hanging out with my friends = Mainly, I drink.30. I'm a nice guy = I own at least three fedoras.32.I don't care what you think = Please don't judge me.24. I don't take life too seriously = I don't make much effort.33.