Has texting destroyed our kids’ grammar?
Kids today are writing text messages that sounds like a different language to us adults.
In order to save characters & time while texting, they shorten the words to a bunch of letters, numbers and icons, each of them represent a different word. This new way of communication starts to affect the way kids write in school, according to a new study conducted by Drew Cingel of Wake Forest University and S. Shyam Sundar of Penn State University
According to this study, published in Techcrunch, the use of these texting shortcuts is altering the kids’ ability to identify and use correct grammar, and not for the best. The more texts 10-to-14-year-olds send, the worse their grammar performance. Moreover, these students begin to see their textual adaptations as normal. This creates a problem switching back to a more formal way of writing.
Although some would argue that this generation of texting kids are doomed, there is a contradictory research. Also published in Techcrunch, researchers Clare Wood and David Crystal found the cognitive muscle flexed while decoding text messages unwittingly help students think about the properties of language. In other words, texting abbreviations can improve both spelling and reading proficiency.
The research itself: http://nms.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/05/10/1461444812442927
What do you think?
The Ginger Team