Does it mean that it is okay for every generation of young people to have this problem; absolutely not, but it gives us room to search for a cause and also to be able to carry out various studies just like some experts have done in our text, to determine if our suspicion of the cause is right or wrong? While some teachers may stand on their belief that texting negatively affects formal writing, my question to them is this; where is your body of proof? Where are the studies that have been carried out to show that texting is really to blame for a problem that have existed for centuries? Based on the results of the longitudinal studies carried out because of this controversy; which proved that texting has no negative effect on formal writing and my personal experience with texting, I will encourage David, to go ahead and buy his daughter Jane a phone. My stand on the topic of our text” Does Texting Affect Writing” is; No! Texting does not affect writing. It is simply a speculation and a complete hogwash. Though this article may not bridle this wrongful trend of postulation in some teachers; who believe that there is a negative effect of texting in writing, rather it calls for every reader of this essay to educate themselves and not run with the
Shaw, D. M., Carlson, C., & Waxman, M. (2007). An exploratory investigation into the relationship between text messaging and spelling. New England Reading Association Journal, 43(1), 57-62,90-91. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/206028569?accountid=458
Some teachers in the American Education department believe that texting is affecting how their students our writing. Basically they are saying that Communication through writing is being affected by the developments of technology, more specifically those involving “textspeak”. Michaela Cullington challenges this assertion by implying that students are taught and know the difference
These teens tended to score lower on literacy tests than those that did not (Plester, Wood, Bell 143). It was also observed that high texters scored lower on verbal and non-verbal reasoning than those who do not text and minimal texters (Plester, Wood, Bell 140). Results from studies on texting indicated an overall negative effect on literacy test results (Verheijen 595). It has been suggested that students are not distinguishing between informal and formal environments and are texting at the wrong times and places (Verheijen 587). The general message that the media sends about the effects of texting tend to be rather negative overall. For example, texting and driving is considered very dangerous due to a distracted driver. Many teens are involved in accidents due texting and driving. It was elicited during a study that participants took longer and made more errors when they had to read text messages as opposed to reading Standard English (Kemp and Bushnell 18). Thurlow is quoted saying that texting “signals the slow death of language” and is “a threat to social progress” (qtd. in Verheijen 586). Texting has more of a negative effect on teens’ literacy and could possibly cause the English we use today could become
The use inventive spelling, abbreviations. As high school students start to use short texting, some of their grades dropped due to the spelling errors they make. So many teens get used to wing abbreviating that they just begin to write that that way. Some teenagers writing skills have turned into sentence fragments, because of the limited space they put into text sentence. In my research how does texting affect teen literacy the percentage was 64 percent of students who say they incorporated text language in their writing, 25 percent said they did so to convey have used text shortcuts a lot of students, vocabulary and grammar is also affecting their literacy. The outlook of the teachers is that. Text plus recently released results of its own survey of 1,214 teens that use their services. 43 percent of which have texted in class, they seem to pay more attention to their phone than what the teacher is teaching. They seem to have the phones that will spell the word for them so they have to worry about spelling. In the age of text message, where words are reduce to no stand abbreviating, symbols, But in my research I pointed out that technology has put new emphasis on reading and
In 1999, people could start sending text messages to other people. With different networks to their own, life became easier because of text messaging users. Soon later, English language became known as ‘text speak’, a way we write now by abbreviating long and big words. This is causing teens to lose the ability to learn how to spell and read. Now that text messaging allows kids to abbreviate, kids are now failing school classes by abbreviating in their school work (Cooke).
Michaela Cullington, a student, wrote a paper “Does Texting Affect Writing?” in 2010 for an English class. The paper is an examination of texting and the belief that it negative effective student’s writing. Cullington goes into detail about textspeak- “language created by these abbreviations”- and their use in formal writings. She organizes the paper in a way that is confusing to understand at first (pg. 1). At the end of the paper, she discusses her finding in her own research which comes to show that texting does not affect writing. But this is contradicting to the information she received from the teachers. The students and the teachers were seeing differences in the use of textspeak in formal writing. Cullington has good support for her
Although texting can be both benefitting and detrimental to a student’s health, in a world that is rapidly changing with new innovative technology, students and teachers should all get accustomed to digital communication. An exploration of new literacy’s necessitates a concise look at past practices and conceptualizations of literacy in juxtaposition with current definitions to pose a rational for the infusion of new literacy’s into our educational practices. Young adults should attain and require the knowledge to control their habits of using the “text messaging languages” and teachers should accommodate to undergo their student’s literate abilities and critique their literacy accordingly.
Joe Huber addressed the issue of textisms in the article “Texting As Language: Evolution or Regression?” Huber makes a new claim that the use of textisms is not a new concept. Researcher has led many people to believe textisms can affect literacy negatively, but Huber
With all this technology so easily accessible and so easy to use, us young people, are quick to look over any negative side effects. In regards to the Key Stage study, the students being tested were of ages eleven and twelve. Throughout deeper research, such as the texting, textese, and literacy study, the correlation is shown through collegiate aged students as well as other studies affecting high school students. With these particular groups, whom are much older than the latter, the negative correlation is more prevalent. Because these students are required to write more and use more educated grammar, the correlation was more easily found. By using these studies, teachers were able to see how there was not much difference in the students writing and their text talk. The Times of India states, “Teachers say that children are more prone to slang thanks to texting” (Pavan). This slang has caused a drop in grades also while making it harder for teachers to correct all the errors in the
Drouin, M., & Davis, C. (2009). R U Txting? Is the Use of Text Speak Hurting Your Literacy?. Journal of Literacy Research, 44(1), 46-67. Retrieved from http://eric.ed.gov/?q=texting+spelling+grammar&id=EJ862013
As De Saussure Ferdinand said, “Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law.” Throughout the years,technology such as texting, facebook and instant messaging played a major role in the destruction of the English language. Technology in many ways has an adverse effect on the English language. Kids now days is slaughtering the english language by using improper grammar and often times don’t punctuate. Technology in many ways has an inimical effect on the English language. In the article, "I h8 txt msgs" by John Humphrys debates that texting is ruining the English language. Also in the article, “Text Messaging: Bad Spelling or Destroying the English Language?” by: JKLlewthor detects the extent to
Text messaging has become a norm in our generation, as technology rapidly advances and gives way to more efficient forms of communication in a fast-paced world; and many are skeptical about the influence this new form of interaction is having on our society, especially with our younger generation. David Crystal, a professor at the University of Wales, writes “2b or Not 2b?” in support of text messaging. He insists, despite those who underestimate or negate the beneficial influence text messaging has on language proficiency, that “there is increasing evidence that [texting] helps rather than hinders literacy” and that the fairly recent form of communication has actually been around for a while and “is merely the latest manifestation of the human ability to be linguistically creative and to adopt language to suit the demands of diverse settings. In contrast, Jeffery Kluger argues in “We Never Talk Anymore: The Problem with Text Messaging” that text messaging is rapidly becoming a substitute for more genuine forms of communication and is resulting in difficulty among young peoples of our generation to hold a face-to-face conversation, engage in significant nonverbal expression, and ultimately build effective relationships with family, friends and co-workers. Both writers’ present valid arguments, however, my personal experience with text messaging has led me to agree more with Crystal’s view on the matter. Text messaging is indeed having a positive effect on society by making frequent texters primarily aware of the need to be understood, as well as offering betterment of spelling and writing through practice, and reinventing and expanding on a bygone dimension of our language through the use of rebuses and abbreviations.
Text messaging is damaging our literacy and communication skills as a society. Calling someone on the phone or writing them a letter is rapidly becoming a thing of the past. There is a new language that is being learned and not taught across the globe. It is the language of Textese, and it has quickly consumed the lives of millions across the world. There will always be the protector of language arts. These are the shrinking number of people everyone knows, that will continue to handwrite letters and sign them with proper English and etiquette. It may be as simple as picking up the phone and calling a friend or relative. It may be even simpler than that, in that people put forth an effort to talk to the person sitting next to or across from you and engage them in a conversation. Texting and textisms have become so common and widespread that using proper English, correct spelling, and full sentences is also becoming a thing of the past. People that constantly use text and instant messaging may have difficulty with literacy and expressing themselves in writing form. The research shows that text messaging has deteriorated how we communicate and express ourselves because textisms have become an easier and quicker form of communication that has affected literacy in children and adults.
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