Instant Messaging Still Not Ruining Kids' Grammar
from the again? dept
A few years ago, teachers and parents started worrying that "txt speak" from IM and SMS text messages was contributing to the downfall of the language, as kids would mix in txting shortcuts into school papers and such. However, study after study has shown this to be false. In 2003, a study showed all this use of text messaging helped make kids feel more comfortable with writing. In 2004, a study found that most kids were smart enough to understand the differences in writing formally and writing text messages to friends. In 2005, research showed that kids today are actually better writers than in the past ("using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling"), even if they allowed the occasional txting shortcut into their papers. So, we're past the halfway mark in 2006 -- it's about time someone came out with this year's report saying the exact same thing. Thanks to Slashdot, we find out that it's the University of Toronto, whose researchers apparently decided the past studies weren't enough and did their own, showing no ill effects on writing from all that text messaging. So, now we have four years worth of studies, all saying the same thing. Can we finally put to bed the idea that text messaging is bad for kids' writing skills?