The time and place for your texting shorthand is not always what you think. This a guest post by Kristen Fife. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Back story A friend of mine in her 40's is just finishing up her PhD. Her focus is very much on the Digital Native generation (GenY, the Millenials) both in her research and her teaching. She posted a Facebook update that she has noticed that her written communications have become short and abbreviated, due to her heavy use of Twitter, texting her teenage son and her students, and using more shorthand in our connected world. My comment to her was that her communication skills are degrading, from a business perspective. I've noticed this more and more in the last few years as texting shorthand has become more prevalent and as IM is becoming more of preferred communication tool in the workplace. And I have to say, there is no excuse for poor language skills in any professional setting. It is one of the red flags that will differentiate a top candidate from a mediocre one.