Recent Advances in Technology are Ruining the English Language

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In this modern era, technology is dramatically developing and evolving at an astounding rate. The advancement in technology affects almost every aspect of today’s society. The English language is a prime example of this. Linguists from different universities have begun noticing changes in the modern English language; most of the alterations tend to be significant. The English language has been negatively affected by the rise of the Internet, smartphones and social media. To begin with, the Internet has had a significant impact on the teenagers’ lifestyle. This in turn has brought about a dramatic change in the level of English used. Firstly, adolescents in schools have recently created new acronyms to be used on the Internet such as in discussion boards or blogs. Examples of acronyms include: “FYI” (which stands for ‘for your information’), “TMI” (which stands for ‘too much information’), “BRB” (which stands for be right back) and “TTYL” (which stands for ‘talk to you later’). As a result, these new acronyms have caused students’ English proficiency to deteriorate. The spread of the recently created acronyms have been incorporated into students’ writings which therefore gives the teachers a harder time of ‘reiterating’ the importance of being able to distinguish between the ‘social networking language’ and ‘academic writing’ This means that the students might later suffer in university when it comes to writing a professional report in their field of interest. Additionally, Michael Schut, an English literature teacher, documented how texting has affected students writing. He noticed that his students dropped more consonants, vowels and punctuation marks (M. Schut 5). He felt as though his students could be better writers than they... ... middle of paper ... ...Disadvantages of the SMS Language." EHow UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Jan. 2014. "I Love English Language." I Love English Language. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Jan. 2014. Howard, Cory. "The Gr8 Deb8 of Teen Txting: Text Messaging Ruining The English - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com." The Gr8 Deb8 of Teen Txting: Text Messaging Ruining The English - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com. N.p., 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. Sterbenz, Christina. "The 11 Most Common Grammatical Mistakes And How To Avoid Them." Business Insider. Business Insider, Inc, 12 Sept. 2013. Web. 20 Jan. 2014. Shores, Michael, and Rob S. "Bad Title." Error. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Jan. 2014. "Is Txt Ruining the English Language?" BBC News. BBC, 03 June 2003. Web. 22 Jan. 2014. Abrams, Rachel. "Experts Divided Over Internet Changes to Language." VOA. N.p., 16 Jan. 2010. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

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