‘Taking kids to see Satan’ and ‘heading out for a riot’: Predictive textingJanuary 8th, 2011 - 2:40 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 8 (ANI): We all have ended up typing a text message that turned out to be something entirely different from what we meant to say, and that sometimes borders on bizarre behaviour - you could call it the downside of predictive texting.
For instance, a mother who was taking her kids out on Christmas sent a text that said, “Taking the kids to see Satan”, misspelling Santa, reports the Daily Mail.
Or the case of the friend, who asked another out for a quick riot (pint) or telling them about being stuck in a Steve (queue).
Predictive texting is a feature that modern mobile phones offer, in which a built-in dictionary enables them to predict what word a user wants from only a few key presses.
Scientists said the system trains young people to be fast but inaccurate.
Other studies show that predictive texting results in poor spelling power with many flummoxed by words such as questionnaire, accommodate and definitely.
But for most phone users, predictive texting is a source of convenience, and considerable amusement.
There is even a website dedicated to the embarrassment of ‘auto correct moments’. (ANI)
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