It's no surprise that millennials have very specific texting habits. In fact, many are practically shamed for having a phone be akin to an additional appendage on their arm. But communicating is crucial, as is constantly staying connected to this 24-hour world. Relation is essential. And so we text, all the time. But there are a few ways older millennials text differently than younger millennials, because even a few years is a significant enough generational gap.
According to Pew Research Center, "anyone born between 1981 and 1996 (ages 22 - 37 in 2018) will be considered a millennial, and anyone born from 1997 onward will be part of a new generation." That's quite the span of time. While older millennials grew up to the tune of a dial tone, younger millennials were blessed with instant messaging, high-speed internet and the luxury of wi-fi. While we're all bunched into the same generational title, we still practice differing habits when it comes to sending messages. Because sometimes, as a millennial who falls somewhere in the middle of 22 and 37, it seems the "kids" these days have a new language. Confession: it took me a while to figure out what "ship" meant.
Despite the differences, we do have some texting traits in common. We can all bond over dreading the punctuated and ever infuriating "k." to a heartfelt message. And nobody texts when they drive because it's not cool.