By Suzanne Klein on
9/10/2012 12:11 AM
"The human race wasn't very advanced... They mostly spoke in monosyllabic grunts... In fact, the last words from their civilization before the meteor hit were "OMG" and "WTF."
This cartoon would be hilarious
if it weren’t so ominous. It’s ominous because it pokes fun at a distressing problem: text messaging may be harming kids’ language skills. That's the finding of a new study
published in New Media & Society
, a top-ranked, peer-reviewed journal. The authors of Texting, Techspeak, And Tweens
The question to date was whether or not adolescents were able to switch between writing text messages and using correct English grammar for class work. The results of this study indicate that most adolescents are not able to do so.
Does this worry you? It worries me.
But my friend Chris Drew
is unconcerned. In the spirit of friendly debate, we decided to trade blogs on the topic. I’d love to know what you
By Suzanne Klein on
9/9/2012 11:11 PM
Thanks to my friend Chris Drew, for permission to re-blog the following post, originally published in the Pocket Literacy Coach blog on August 14, 2012. ~Suzanne
Guest blogger Chris Drew is the founder of Pocket Literacy Coach, an innovative resource that provides parents with literacy activities to do with their children.
A friend of mine, Suzanne
, at WriteSteps
recently shared a story about how "Texting May Undermine Language, Spelling Skills
." It's an interesting summary of a new study about correlations between "techspeak" and grammar test performance. We had a friendly back and forth about our disparate perspectives on this issue. In a nutshell, she generally supports the claims of the article, and I do not. The issue of texting impacting language and grammar skills is much more complex than this one story would lead us to believe. As pop news reporting on academic research usually goes, though, the author, Rick Nauert, doesn't quite flesh out the whole story from a much larger context.
So Suzanne and I had a bit of a back and forth and we decided to trade our thoughts more publicly to see what our readers think and where they stand.