I recently deactivated my Facebook account because I was so tired of reading people's ridiculous posts. I have educated friends, but some of the things they posted just did not make since. They will write anything to make them seem interesting or hip and this really bothers me.
I am a college student, who is working on my Bachelors in Education, and I want my future students to understand how important it is to write correct English. Please!
I look at the "No's" column, and I am embarrassed that our children believe it is okay to just butcher the English language.
When a person is texting he/she will use acronyms such as lol, btw or irl. Every time I text one of my friends they will always use acronyms and I hate that because it's stupid. It's stupid because someone might not know what it means, people like your parents, teachers, and or boss. They will not know what it means so if you contact them this way, they may think that you are need to go back to school and learn. There is also the auto correct on phones which may lead to you sending something you never wanted to tell that person.
Texting is good because you can communicate with friends. Also you can make calls to people all over. Another reason why texting is good is you can ask your friends for help on something if you cant ask them in school. This way if you cant remember what your homework is you can text a friend :)
Every reply in the "no" column is written by a teen, like me, or younger. And as much as you say that you personally can separate when and when not to use text talk, some people can't, and end up ruining their grades by using slang, or abbreviations, when they shouldn't. And though some of us who don't text "Beat around the bush", it's far better than not being able to understand wht th h33l wer syin. So there.
Although texting is a useful form of communication, people are blatantly turning away from traditional means of communication and taking the simpler-less emotionally involved-route and choosing to send text rather than talk to a real person. Imagine that? A live interaction, where tone, diction, and rhetoric can be understood so much more than by a text. A teenage boy would much rather flirt and have a DTR over texting instead of in person. The same guy 20 years ago may not have had the luxury of texting would have had to learn to face his fears of rejection or failure and call up the girl and ask the hard questions. Texting takes away fear and all that you have left are those who perhaps may be more emotionally immature and overly confident in private, but severely lacking in the kind of self confidence it takes to talk to someone live. Taking the dating scenario out of the equation, people say things quicker without the reaction of the other person to give them emotional cues needed to re-evaluate what they are going to say before it comes out wrong. Texting cuts out nonverbal communication. Unfortunately. Texting curtails the human experience of reading people, of language, of existing in an authentic and genuine relationship. It will be interesting what texting will effect in the next 20 years as far as divorce rates. Those would be stats worth evaluating.
It matters because, texting does not help if you have a test and you put u instead of you. Right there, there can be points taken off a test. It can effect your academics skill of wording and mess you up right there. So I think it will effect you in writing and even test.
The uniquely human ability to speak with others and have an observed, intelligent dialogue is a wonder gift to our species. Older Americans will say that while a limited about of interaction using text is perfectly all right, teenagers and others should never put verbal communication in second place to some form of digital dialogue.
I am one of the people that text frequently. But i do not use acronyms, as they are very lazy from my perspective, and often just quite annoying. Reading lol all the time gets quite irritating after a while. I use technology to keep up with my social circle of friends when we are not together sometimes. I text 4 people frequently though, not hundreds. It is a very handy tool if used properly.
People often use emoticons and acronyms for a whole conversation. I vary rarely use 1 acronym a month, and have never used an emoticon.
People these days would seemingly rather text and play on their phones than communicate via voice. I use it, but i think it would be best for society if phones never evolved past being able to call people.
Now, that being said, i have 27 friends i talk to, and do not know how to read body language. I am quite odd compared to social norms, so you may or may not want to take my advice based on that bit of information. I am not, nor should I, directly telling you what to do.
Once upon a time, there was no such thing as technology. People were interacting more face-to-face. But since technology was invented, people start to lose their ability to interact with others.
Most teenagers are starting to get use to texting and as soon as they're comfortable with the keyboard etc. They start to lose the habit of interacting with others. Im NOT saying that they CAN'T go on social media and text. My point is that most teenagers are just wasting their time on their phones/laptop, texting/typing for 3hrs a day. Some teenagers should slow the texting down and start to see the real world, where real people are seen!
**but im not saying that they shoudn't stop texting. Just suggesting that they should slow the texting down :)
I'm often sitting with my friends and while their on their on their phones, I'm just awkwardly sitting there, saying random things while they just nod and pretend to listen, I start feeling really weird, and honestly this proves that all students are beginning to lose communication skills even with their best friends
While many people know that texting is texting and writing or speaking is just that. Many people still talk in person like they are texting. I have heard people say "lol, omg" and many others in a regular conversation with other people. Many teenagers do not possess the skills to talk in person because they have become accustomed to texting. I used to grade papers for my English teacher, and you wouldn't believe how many people would type like "lol, IdOntKNow, b, 2 r, and u". And they are 16 or older! While I love to text, but there is some people that just do not understand when texting is appropriate, and for some people it has affected their social skills.
Text messaging allows the user to stop and think about what they are going to say in response to the person they are communicating with. They can even let it be for quite some time and pick it back up later at their convenience. Getting use to communicating this way under-develops your face-to-face communication skills. Especially if you are a child, teen or young adult who has grown up using text messaging for most of your life. When talking with someone in real time - even on the phone - you don't have minutes to think about your response to them. You have to quickly form a response and vocalize it immediately and it's difficult to practice real time communication if you're constantly using texting at the main form of communication.
I teach third grade and my students show evidence of writing in "text" when we are doing formal writing in the classroom. They write b4 instead of before, lol, etc. I would say that about a quarter of my students do this. I try to explain to them that this is not proper English but when they see it around them EVERYWHERE it is a difficult thing to do.
Shorthand symbol like secret code relays the whole word. Your brain has been trained to receive this kind of communications for years. It is a retrievable and accepted standard. It works for all languages regardless of age, gender. Limits ability to hold a job which requires communication skills and all levels.
Texting is anti-social behavior, it is boring,rude
Tests have proven that out of people who text, half of them send fifty texts a day, while one-third send one hundred plus texts a day. High schools have banned texting during school except during lunch. So people will text to the person who is sitting next to them. Young people have given up face-to-face conversations to text several people at a time.
Excessive text messaging does negatively effect an individual's ability to effectively communicate face to face.
When you talk to someone in person, your conversation is made up of many things including non-verbal cues. These non-verbal cues are vitally important to your dialogue and when you speak to someone in person, your non-verbal cues actually have more effect on the conversation than the words themselves. This includes facial expressions, posture, clothing, body position, eye-contact and gestures. When you communicate via text, these important non-verbal cues do not exist and you are left with trite, meaningless, clipped grammar-less tweets that quite often have no depth or substance whatsoever.
We are often not as dumb as our texts make us sound. When people are abbreviating what they write, so much of the time, they lose the ability to form and phrase coherent sentences in real life. If you spend your entire day texting little messages instead of creating actual sentences with your brain and mouth, how can you expect to be an effective communicator? Quite texting and start having real and meaningful dialogue! It is obnoxious when someone I am speaking with is constantly sending and receiving texts mid-conversation. Like wouldn't that person rather have a meaningful face to face discussion than to send and receive little clipped written messages? Effective communication has depth, nuances, ebb and flow, emotion and tone. Text messaging lacks all of these characteristics. Get your face away from that screen and start having healthy effective conversations.
The inability to knows someone else's situation, thus causing a misunderstanding; the inability to understand to and/or inflection in the other's message, leading to an inability to recognize sarcasm, desire, regret, excitement, sorrow or happiness. Humans aren't necessarily used to communicating real-time without reading the face, hearing the voice or sensing the dynamic of the conversation. Pretty obvious and easy answer, really.
As a lecturer of English Language in a polytechnic for 10 years now I have had difficulties understanding what such students often want to say. I believe texting is okay for informal writing. I think colleague English teachers, especially those in Africa, will go with my accession and even students too.
When people text using shorter words, and abbreviations, its because either their word count is running out or, that their to lazy to put in some extra letters. When they hit that send button, they feel good because they got more words in there text message. What they don't realize is that when they use txt or omg, a quick release of dopamine is injected into the brain. That's why you find a lot of teens addicted to texting (aka, txtn).
The more teens text, the less they communicate verbally. If they do not learn how to communicate verbally while they are teens and young adults, they will be unprepared to solve problems now and in the future. Is there any problem with another person that can be solved without talking? I see it all the time when my daughter and son who are 14 choose to let their weekend plans fail or to not address a question to a teacher because it will require verbal communication which they are not comfortable with. Very disappointing. Is it worth cutting them off from their friends by blocking the texting feature on their phones?
People (especially teenagers) text frequently in this day and age. A text is meant to have a low word count, hence the fact it is for quick communication. Although many spelling errors occur and the constant abbreviations of words lead to people not being able to communicate effectively, due to this continuous habit of texting.
I believe that the common use of this language and the amount of which the younger generation use it, are definitely going to deteriorate their use of the traditional English language, which they do need… Especially for their academic future. The English language is important and we should not change tradition for something that is "easier" and "faster"
These people can't write or express thoughts...can't communicate...stop everything at the sound of a beep from their phone like a dog who drools at a piece of meat. A whole generation of mindless, cell phones addicts. These people are hypocrites and hide behind their phones and things like Facebook. Kids growing up are hopped up on cell phones, pills, social media and they think they are cool doing everything with their phones.
Texting is a way to voice your opinions in a manner that may be a souorce of communicating one opinions or feelings. In other words texting is alot different then communicating to someone face to face or even by telephone. Being hidden behind a phone texting is alot easirer then being at eye level to the person whom you wish to talk too.
After watching my daughter and her friends sit in the same room and communicate via text and not with each other, I whole-heartedly agree that texting has become a) a social norm that is no longer considered rude in the presence of others and b) keeps us from speaking directly to people in the same room. I will admit to being guilty of sending my mom a text, or having a complete text conversation because it just seems easier and more convenient than picking up the phone. In the same respect, people misconstrue tone of voice, body language and even verbiage, no thanks to auto correct. I have received numerous correspondence from colleagues that are written with "text speak". I am not sure when "IIRC" became commonplace for work emails, but it happens! While texting can be convenient, when in the presence of others whom require my attention, it's downright disrespectful.
What we do know is that using a smart phone while driving or walking does increase the risk for injury. It is certainly possible that the devices may be contributing to the increase observed in toddlers and young children as more parents juggle and multitask throughout their busy days. Other potential explanations offered for the increase in rates of childhood injury may include children engaging in more dangerous or riskier activities, or parents with a heightened awareness to bring children to the emergency department. In addition, parents do not generally self report that they were distracted when a child presents to the emergency department for care, thus leading to under reporting and inaccurate data.
The reason being is because it takes away time of you talking to someone, it can become an unhealthy habit, and you end up getting so used to it that you have no clue on how to interact with someone that's right next to you. It takes time away from really having a well thought out conversation with a person.
The more you text the less social you are to the real outside world. Being social just doesn't mean talking with your friends and hanging out. It means getting out in the community working with others, getting to know other people's personality, etc. Some doctors even say some teenagers are so into texting that they even do it at night! They call it sleep texting which causes sleep problems, and more addiction to the device. When we relate it to being able to communicate, it decreases face to face conversations with other people, because you don't know how to react to certain situations.
Though some kids are smarter than that, other kids become lazy with their spelling, especially on the Internet. Did you understand anything I said in the headline? Some people talk like that on Facebook, and it's not a good look.
Also, it can impair people's ability to be alert during face-to-face conversation. Many a time I've seen someone in a group conversation, paying no attention to what's going on because they're too busy texting. And you can't really have a real, meaningful conversation with texting.
Texting's good as a way to organise an outing, but it's no good as a main form of communication.
Texting, especially with the technology we have today for sending huge files, photos and videos, is sheer laziness... Back when people had to write on paper with a pen, to communicate over long distances, they used proper words, in whatever language they spoke, sometimes even it the language of the recipient..
Then came the mobile phone and the texting language was born. Not to make communication easier for people who was disabled or lacked knowledge of the written language.. but because of the limitations of the technology. Back then you had a limited number of characters that you could send, plus is was also expensive.
Now in the present, we have phones with full keyboards, albeit far too small in some cases. We can send huge files, we can write a book if we want to. We can surf the internet, book hotel rooms, flight or tables at a restaurant. The cost of communication with someone, who lives on the other side of the world, has plummeted and in many cases it is now totally free.
Yet there are still some, who insist on using that same code... Think of it this way. many secretaries, learn what is called "shorthand". it is their way of talking notes, as it is faster for them than writing it out in full. However, once at the keyboard, they translate that shorthand, into the full text, it was intended to be.
I am amazed that many in the NO column, seem not to understand the question. Texting is not just using your phone to communicate, just as you would in a hand written letter or an email, it's the codes, that they are still using, for example "how r u" and "im ok m8".
Sure if you still own and use one of those antique mobile phones and have to pay a huge bill for it, then that kind of communication is fine
But when, as others have pointed out, you start seeing it in emails, job applications and other important documents. you start to see that the world despite having al this great technology, allowing almost anyone to communicate with others, anywhere in the world, almost instantly, is also getting very lazy.
Another annoying thing is this.. Many say that their social life, in the real world is not affected. So how come when you look round a cafe, restaurant, bar, pub, club or many of the er meeting places, do you see so many people on their mobiles, instead of caught up in REAL conversation with the person or group of people they are supposedly out socializing with.
Working with college students has shown me how their communication, written and spoken has suffered. I receive emails with no greetings or signatures, text-speak abbreviations, no capitals or punctuation. The emails they are sending are important ones, and they look like a kindergartner wrote them. It is even showing up in admission and scholarship applications!
It comes out even more (if possible) in their inability to have a mature verbal confrontation with their roommates or friends. Roommate agreements explode with no attempt at resolution before students are texting parents, parents are calling me, and the answer to the question, "Have you told your roommate this bothers you?" Is almost always "....No."
It is so frustrating, and each year this communication break down is getting worse.
We lose social awareness and forget how to properly communicate with each other. We avoid conversation yet long for it. We make ourselves socially awkward. Conversation is something we need to take advantage of in this community. Our eyes might as well be glued to the screen of our phones and computers. We need to have social awareness because social awareness is an asset that cannot- and should not- be lost.
When I think about communication, there are many aspects of communication that is not able to be transmitted through a text, tweet, post, blog or whatever medium of written word. Often these mediums have restrictions on how much a person is able to communicate. It's not about what you say but how you say it. Communication involves sound and often sight. Personally, I have realized that my use of the phone became predominately text based. I'm going back to my voice as means of communication if not face to face. Hearing someone has a much more dynamic interaction. Also, I have given up on mainstream social media platforms because having hundreds of friends/followers and only actually communicating with a handful on a personal level and the majority on a restricted non personal level is just a cheap feeling of social acceptance and social activity. (Congats random acquaintance with "liking" my comment but not telling me why. I think we just became a little closer)
Although texting is a quick, easy and fun away to communicate, it is detrimental to people when they rely on it for all their communication. No one is born with the ability to communicate. Communication skills must be learned through real experiences, and then practiced. When a person texts, and ignores face-to-face communication, they are unable to develop these skills.
People around my age, 21, often have trouble holding conversation in a social situation, because we are so used to texting and instant messaging. There are long pauses in conversation, while each party is interrupted by things going on around them. We're also often uncomfortable talking with friends in person, even those who we text frequently.
Personally, I have seen people and heard about people using text speech in their school papers. This reflects negatively on their ability to write a well thought out paper and get a good grade in class. I've also seen people actually use text speech out loud to other people that might have no clue what it means. This shows they lack compassion to others to brush them off quicker by not telling them in full words.
i've got 2 teenag kids,one boy and one girl.i was in the hospital for their pre-teen to teen years.when i got out of the hospital and came home i could not understand what my kids were saying.their preference of texting over simply using the phone baffled me.now with your comments i understand more clearly.i have been in electronics all my life and after being out of it for 2 years it is a scary world with the technolgy we have now. just the texting over the one on one conversation is turning our kids into human robots..i will certainly try to de-program my kids before it's too late
I have seen many instances where someone talks in "text", as well as using those same abbreviations on a job application. I have also noticed that teenagers are spelling incorrectly, based on texting and chatting norms. Also, many people are texting to others in the same room or forgoing a verbal conversation in favor of texting. This is becoming an acceptable way to communicate, no matter where you are or what you are doing. Many have not learned the old adage "there is a time and a place for everything".
text messaging is outsourcing the english american language to be foreign, being replaced by the "language of text". common communication skills are being lost, because texting is so prominant in our society today. it should not be permittable to text every hour of every day, and some parents should more closely monitor their teens. I am not dogging on others, but am simply communicating my opinion on the fact that texting is becoming harmful to our native language.
People don't know how to communicate to each other now because they are too caught up in texting. They don't know how to fill out resumes or write papers because their brain is wired for short hand or hieroglyphics. Their attention span is also shorter because of all the technology that is out there.
A person has to train their mind and learn how to text. Texting takes up a significant amount of space in a brain that could otherwise be used to store and process important information. I believe that texting changes the way a person thinks. Which in turn makes them communicate differently. Texting is usually abbreviated and full of useless information. For example, words such as, "LOL" are pointless when having real conversations. Training the brain to type LOL excessively, is going to carry on into your daily conversations. When you should be thinking or laughing, your brain is going to be full of useless words and childish abbreviations. Humans should be more careful about what information they learn. What do we really need to use our brain-power on? The human brain is evolving and many people are spending their time texting. I think it's a waste of the human mind.
People that are used to sending abbreviated words, misspelled words and other quick texts are often in a hurry and get used to this. When it comes time to have to talk on the phone, they can feel their time is being wasted or simply have grown to prefer texting over talking, whether in person or on the phone.
This can effect them by making them seem in a hurry, rude or they may lack confidence or other basic conversational skills.
I believe texting has an adverse effect on a person's ability to communicate in other manners. Texting has an adverse effect on a person's writing abilities. The nature of texting causes writing conventions to be abandoned. Texts are not structured by punctuation and are often not complete ideas. When people text frequently, this mode of communication becomes ingrained and writing with conventions becomes unnatural and difficult.
When I was a child, I remember the highlight of my day was to go home and talk to my best friends on the phone. Now, kids talk all day through texting and it is rarely is something meaningful ever said. Everything is pretty much matter-of-fact and very few in depth conversations are had while texting.
Individuals who use texting as their primary form of communication reduce their own ability to communicate via other means. The use of shortcuts, abbreviations, and grammatical errors has crippled the texting individual's ability to read and write in a proper manner. Additionally, constant interaction via computers and other electronic means has reduced the individual's ability to carry on a coherent conversation in a face to face situation. The increase of texting in our society has reduced our overall ability to communicate in all other manners of communication.
Studies have shown that texting is becoming the first choice of many people when it comes to communication, especially amongst younger generations. These studies show that they are using all other forms of communication less, and that the number of people who prefer texting is always increasing.
I believe this causes much damage in several different ways. Due to the nature of text messages, of course people are going to use abbreviations and 'text-speak' as much as possible. This causes a butchering of language -- and even more upsetting, it causes this butchering to become acceptable and the new norm. The problem here is that this is causing people to use these sort of 'shortcuts' in language in other forms of communication. This can never truly translate correctly and can be easily misunderstood, causing many conflicts that could have been avoiding using the old forms of communication and/or using language properly.
The 'instant gratification' of texting also makes people start to believe that everyone must be available at all times of the day and night, which causes undue strain on relationships.
It is most disturbing that studies have proven that texting is most popular and prevalent in the younger generations. These children and adolescents are still at an age where they are learning how to use language and how to communicate. The fact that they use texting so much means that they are not using those other forms, and that a generation is being raised which will not know the basic rules of language and grammar as well as they could have. Not knowing these things has terrible consequences in their communications in professional transactions like resumes, etc.
It also has terrible consequences on their ability to communicate in other ways, as things like phone calls or e-mails become so unused that they are now foreign and a cause of anxiety. They will now have such high expectations of others always being to respond to them automatically through short texts that they will not understand when others are honestly busy or unable to reach their phones. This causes feelings of rejection which could have been avoided, as well as feelings of anger towards other people -- which could have been avoided if traditional methods of communication were used.
Texting has given us to shorten our words, thoughts, and feelings so when it comes time to express ourselves we don't know what to say because we're so used to doing it behind words and not simply speaking them. We don't have to chance to build up those skills to ask for something when needed in person but yet we can ask through text.
When conversing in person with somebody, texting becomes an obnoxious distraction (to the person that isn't texting, especially). Sometimes in mid-sentence, a text message pops up and the texter's attention goes straight from a real face to face conversation that becomes interrupted to a screen that probably could wait another minute or two until the real conversation is finished.
I think texting is a bad thing to start. It is bad to all peoples. But mainly to teenagers. In the near future all people will do is text, or use the text language, which is just as bad. You will die very young because you won't learn anything new if all you do is text. You need to learn about the world, read, write, all this and more on your free time. And yes people say you get the difference from English and text language. But the other night I was helping me sister(who has a cell phone) and all she had was text language. On top of that I have noticed that people who text(if your in school) don't get as good grades in writing and reading.
It's funny how some people believe that texting is REALLY harmful. no, it's not harmful at all. Matter of fact, it can help with your spelling if you type on word. Yes, some people do like to use IM such as lol, jk, rofl, ect. But how can some think that students are stupid enough to get IM mixed in with their typical english. I text a lot and as a matter of fact, I'm a great speller. For example, I will spell the longest word in the dictionary... ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM. look, I'm not stupid, it doesn't interfear with anything.
Texting requires a lot of vocabulary and grammar. One can be good in speaking but that doesn't mean that they will be good in texting. However, if you are good in texting then--compared to the first case--you will be better in speaking. Texting will sharpen your brains as you have to think and text. I feel that texting is a superior way of communication because we have all the facts and truths.
In a verbal speech, anyone can change the statement but in text, no one can. People are very careful in texting and yes that could also help people to be responsible and act properly.
Basically, people can adapt and change so they talk in different contexts. No, children at school DO NOT talk in 'text-speak' in essays. If they do, they know full well that they have. The people who are arguing that children cannot spell, or communicate effectively, are completely wrong. In fact, people who text are better at being concise and clear, whereas, people who do not text 'beat around the nush' rather than say what they mean. Surely this is better than taking ages to say what you want? I'm 15 and I can write in a formal manner, with correct spellings and I can communicate in other manners; as I have demonstrated.
People are capable of seperating how they use acronyms and words in a text and how they speak to their friends. Also, texts are great for people with disabilities because they can talk to other people without being judged. If you are a busy person and don't have much time for social events, you can send a text to let friends know you care.
I have never witnessed people speaking like they do on texts, face to face. When was the last time you heard someone say 'LOL', or use an abbreviation like 'OMW' (on my way). The only reason we speak like we do on texts is because texts are less formal and we feel pressured to type them quickly.
Interactive Written Discourse is a very creative and new form of language, therefore people have no clue about the real importance behind it. Although people may say that it does affect the way to speak in a 'proper' (Standard English) way, I do not believe so. IWD, or 'text speak' actually started when mobile phones were first introduced, as there was a limit on everything.Texts cost 10 pence. People started using shortenings, g-clippings, initialisms, etc. from 20 years ago. They had limits on everything, 150 characters at the most or an extra charge, and as many people were in the working class bracket could not afford the extra costs.
I know that when people say that text speak does affect the ability to communicate, they are talking about teenagers in particular. I am a teenager myself, 18 years old. I am sure that I am not illiterate or unable to speak in a proper manner as I have been doing so for this debate. Although I do use the conventional IWD, I can still have a Standard English conversation with anyone, in any context. Therefore I disagree with the question.
I am in the 7th grade and everyone in my class has a cell phone, including me. We text and use Facebook, e-mail, Twitter and we can all manage to have a mature conversation together. We also have relationships in person. Therefor, we are all very social in person AND over texting, e-mailing, Facebook, Twitter.
I spell really well and speak good English, and I text frequently. Students are not stupid enough to mix text speak with spoken english. I can prove this by spelling the actual longest word in the english dictionary, which is not antidisestablishmentarianism, but rather PNEUMONOMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS. Because I can spell well and speak well, and I text, it completely disproves the view that texting has adverse effects on other forms of communication.
In fact for people who are socially awkward, it can be quite helpful. It is just another, quicker form of communication that does not disturb people as much when they are in the middle of something. It can also save information given to you during the conversation which can be extremely helpful.
Texting allows people to think before they hit the send button. Anyone who texts can check grammar or spelling, before they hit the send button. This allows people to be more thoughtful, and may even make it easier for them to communicate in other manners, because they may actually get used to thinking before they speak.
I do not think slang, abbreviation, acronyms etc. emerge in school work. Although we do often do this while texting to our friends or family, it does not mean we do not know when to switch from being informal outside of school to writing formal during classwork. A lot of people do see teenagers owning a phone affect's their language, but as I am 15, I am fully aware if I do this during my writing.
People are fine with texting and having normal conversations, i am a teen and it hasnt changed my life at all. Sometimes people change because of it but it is only because they are immature. The world is evolving and we need to evolve with it, other wise we will be left behind.
I have been texting for 6 years, and my spelling, grammar, and punctuation has not changed. Texting does not distract you. It depends on the kind of person you are. It is your choice, either you answer the text or you don't. Phones can not make you respond, its your choice if you want to respond. And most of the people who oppose to texting actually text too, or their kids do it. Ask your self or your kid if it has changed their grammar or made them anti-social.
Texting has absoloutely no affect on the way people communicate. I'm a teen, but I don't talk to people in the same way as I would text someone. Also a lot of things that are abbreviated, which is the main form of texting, have been in the language for longer than texting has existed.
As a teenager, particularly one who likes texting, I make the argument that texting is a new form of communication, much like email, phones, or letters once were. When we developed the ability to write letters our verbal communication decreased in quality - in fact over the last 3500 years the human vocabulary has increased greatly, we can all agree that since the ability to read became common in Europe in the 1500's that the ability to communicate, among other abilities, drastically increased.
However people were still limited in communication, it was largely one sided, with someone publishing books, typically about adventures to other countries, for others to read. This lacked a two sided conversation for the general public until mail became reliable and affordable. However, are the great classics "emotionally void" or "superficial"? Do they lack depth? Some writings do, but this is not the fault of the medium - merely the author. This early form of written communication has not ended our ability to communicate verbally, it just added new forms of communication to be used as an author saw fit.
A modern form of written communication with vast similarities to text messages is the Electronic mail, or E-mail for short. There is no face to face communication, no hearing the voice of a loved one, and it feels very professional in nature - as is the design of E-mail. What sets texting apart is two things, the instant nature of texting, and the lack of professionalism. This lack of professionalism being the lol, BRB, and other forms of short hand that some texters use.
However I argue that this lack of professionalism and distant nature does not create adverse effects upon communication as a whole, but improves upon written communication. I largely text my best friend, and otherwise rarely text except where necessary. Due to most of my texting being to my best friend, I will focus on this. I know the sound of her laughter, I know at least 100 of the strange, unusual, and hilarious faces she will make in response to things, and when I'm texting her our texting is just an extension of our previous conversations.
Yes, I do agree that when I'm texting her I'm missing out on seeing her face and hearing her voice, but this is unavoidable because we are not always together. So we must use some form of alternate communication. Our choices are limited; phone calls, impractical due to charges and inability to do other tasks while on the phone; E-mail, impractical due to our not always being at a computer; writing letters, impractical due to the lack of instant delivery; video chat's, impractical due to need for some form of web cam and intrusive nature; and texting, a perfect balance between instant and non-intrusive conversation. Our in person conversations remain just as rich and in depth as they have always been, but now we have a form of communication to fill the gap when we aren't nearby.
Teens know their audience. If teens were talking to an adult they would be more formal than if they were talking to their friends. The same applies with writing. When students are texting their friends they will use acronyms opposed to big words and a writing style with subject verb agreement. Texting is just a new easy way of communicating with friends. Knowing you wont be graded, people tend to abbreviate and avoid using proper grammar.
Its the practically the same thing with video games just because someone kills 50 people in a game doesn't mean they will kill there parents, here is the link: teenagers will know when they have to be formal eg when talking to parents or teachers. The thing people forget is that they also have common sense sure they will do some stupid things but... Texting is a new quick and easy form of communicating and that is it
Like letters, Morse code, calls, and e-mails, texting is simply another technological and new way of communication that can create connections, smoothly inform and communicate with others, and even develop friendships even further. I would never believe communicating through texting could ever affect how we communicate verbally, it will simply be another innovative way of talking that may eventually die off.
No, because texters can separate texting from speaking fluent English. We never speak to our friends or to someone like using IMs. We never say BTW (By The Way) but we use proper English, right?..
Texting doesn't affect how we speak. We use texting because sometimes it will take a long time to finish typing all the words you have to say to someone. We have to remember the rule KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) and at least it's very short but straight to the point and is understandable..
Texting creates a special connection between friends, in a manner that anyone who is an outsider will always feel excluded when he/she is among them. The problem is not with young people but the ones against. Language is a form of communication two people use to share and understand each other. If young people understand each other better when communicating using their texting kind of language and they don't have to go over and over again trying to make the other understand, so be it.
Texting is a new evolution in language that is literally right under our noses. It's not a bad thing - it's simply a new way of communicating - language doesn't actually disappear, nor does the ability... In fact, historically speaking, hundreds of years ago, professors and teachers were complaining about children's development in language and communication - it hasn't changed.
If we tlk lyk dis we r nt ruining the english language, I dont actually write like "dis" im just proving my point, i can swap between text language and correct grammar easily and this is still understandable. There is no reason why text language would effect ones ability to communicate in other manners. It shows a certain degree of intellect because one must be able to spell correctly to create an abbreviation of a word. (I am not counting those who use text language because they don't know how to spell, I'm talking about those whom simply use text language to make IM and texting short and fast.)
Instantaneous communication is a very integrated part of our society today. Texting is another means to an end in the communication process. When email first became popular, the same argument was made. The same can be said about social networks. Texting has become very widely used, but it does not mean people are not communicating and it does not mean that verbal and written communications will be adversely affected. If anything, it enhances the communication process by allowing people to get quick contact to individuals where they may not have because of the time involved in verbal and writing communication.
I consider texting and writing/emailing as the same thing. I have a number of friends on my Facebook friends list (many of whom are in their late 40s) who used to write in full, proper English, but now use words like "cm" instead of "come" and "u" instead of "you". It's encouraging lazy spelling and poor grammar while completely missing the point of why SMS abbreviations existed in the first place - to save space in a 153-character text. When emailing or posting online, it's not exactly hazardous to post in full, complete sentences. Now that most people have unlimited text messaging plans, there's no need to condense words into consonant-only gibberish, so continuing to speak in TXTSPK just reeks of laziness, and it is a result of texting. L33t-speak is different, however, as it has roots in irony.
Communicating by text may take short cuts to make it easier to do but it does not however, mean that people will be adversely effected by it. Communication is just different in texting just as it is when you are with your family compared to being with a co-worker. The conversation will be different with each. The only reason texting, as with any social website, may effect a persons communicating is that it will make it easier and faster then other manners. Writing a letter used to take a week to deliver. Now we can have instant delivery through texting, email and social websites.
Just because a person texts does not mean that they are lacking in other communication skills. It just means that they like to text as well. A person who is very good at languages can also be interested in texting. This is just a stereotype.
No, because people are free to text as they speak, for good or for ill, and have time to think before hitting the send button. Texting allows people to think before they hit the send button. Anyone who texts can check grammar or spelling, before they hit the send button. disallows people to be more thoughtful, and may even make it easier for them to communicate in other manners, because they may actually get used to thinking before they speak.