Originally Posted by FlashDeb
I think lots of people uses ellipses in informal conversations and stuff, on here, emails, chats, etc. I think everyone does. But the only place it is appropriate for formal writing is how Jace described. It's not that it's "incorrect grammar," per se, I'd just say it's not appropriate for formal/academic writing.
This would be me.
I have no idea why I do this, but like Jace, I think it is because I tend to type in streams of consciousness (or unconsciousness) as well. I don't use the ellipses in my emails....just when I'm posting here or IMing.