As far as I know, apostrophes are not optional. I may not always use them correctly, but they are still in use. I think a lot of our younger generation uses "internet writing" which apparently requires very little in the way of punctuation and spelling.
evrytng is used less cuz the pt is to make it short n easy to read.
Worldwide phenomenon, not just the US, at all.
On apostrophes: heh, I apparently nearly waylaid a thread with a comment on my own mis-apostrophizing recently. I must temper my mutterings or learn to be more precise about them.
Ah, OK. There seemed to be a "we teach it HERE, don't you?" thing going on.
Looks like it's a problem there, too.
OK, thanks for clarifying, sorry if I was tetchy. ;-)