It's nothing to LOL about.
Instant-message style writing is showing up in the academic papers starting in middle school and up to the college level.
A national report took a look at middle and high schoolers and found that two-thirds of students have accidently used instant-messaging style in their academic work.
Spelling habits of these students are apparently getting worse but they continue to take short cuts.
Area high school students tell me they try not to use instant-message style writing but it has become a bad habit.
Senior Trevor Johnson says, "I'm surprised when I do it because I usually take good pride in my work but it's really a shock when I turn something in and I get graded wrong. But I think it's a huge problem and that's it's going to keep getting worse because technology's on the rise."
Senior Faith Wilson agrees it is a difficult habit to break.
"I text about 200 times a day and I sometimes find myself doing the abbreviations in my essays that I do in my text messages so I have to catch myself," says Wilson.
After 61 years Carroll Killingsworth says he's never seen anything like it.
"I was shocked and it disturbs me because I believe we need to stay with the basics," he says.