OMG! Text Messaging is Saving the World!

Texting: we all do it. A lot.

It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’s especially useful when making a phone call isn’t an option (like at work or in class where you technically shouldn’t be using your phone…or when you want to flirt with a guy without being too committal.).  It’s convenience is part of the reason  it’s become so popular over the last several years.

However, not everyone (Read: crotchety old people) thinks it’s so great – many critics claim that texting is contributing to the deterioration of the English language. Critics worry that the common practice of using abbreviations and shorthand in text messages will cause people begin to speaking in shorthand, too. They also claim that students are turning in papers riddled with text-message slang.

WTF are they talking about? I don’t know where they get that idea from. OK, so maybe I have been known to throw a “BRB,” “LOL,” or “OMG,” into conversation, but whatev. I can still read and write!

And some other people agree! There doesn’t seem to be any proof behind these claims, as writer David Crystal discovered when he studied the effects of text messaging on society for his book, Txtng: The Gr8 Db8.  None of the teachers he surveyed could provide him with examples of “textisms” in students’ work, and students who were asked about using texting slang in essays stated, “That would be stupid.”


In fact, research has shown that texting actually improves grades.  Text messaging provides practice in both reading and writing that many people wouldn’t have otherwise. Frequent texters, therefore, have better literacy scores, are better writers, and do better in school overall. That means that we’re all actually getting smarter the more we text!

Take that, crotchety old people! Texting is saving the english language!

What do you guys think?  Is the worry over text messaging ruining the language legit? 

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