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THE EFFECTS OF TEXT MESSAGING TO THE
THIRD YEAR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS OF OUR LADY OF
PEACE SCHOOL, ANTIPOLO CITY

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A Thesis Presented to
The Faculty of the High School Department
Our Lady of Peace School
Antipolo City

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In Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements for
English Elective

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By

MARIANNE H. GREFAL

III – St. Lorenzo Ruiz

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Text messaging, is the act of typing and sending a brief, electronic message between two or more mobile phones or fixed or portable devices over a phone network. The term originally referred to messages sent using the Short Message Service (SMS); it has grown to include messages containing image, video, and sound content (known as MMS messages) The sender of a text message is known as a texter, while the service itself has different colloquialisms depending on the region. It may simply be referred to as a text in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Philippines, an SMS in most of mainland Europe, and a TMS or SMS in the Middle East and Asia. Text messages can be used to interact with automated systems to, for example, order products or services, or participate in contests. Advertisers and service providers use direct text marketing to message mobile phone users about promotions, payment due dates, etcetera instead of using mail, e-mail or voicemail. In a straight and concise definition for the purposes of this English Language article, text messaging by phones or mobile phones should include all 26 letters of the alphabet and 10 numerals, i.e., alpha-numeric messages, or text, to be sent by texter or received by the texter. Cell phones are becoming a modern day necessity, to the point where they are a must have for every teenager and adult. Human beings are growing increasingly attached to these devices, depending on them more and more for their communications with other people, job duties, and other daily activities that they must accomplish. One way that we are taking advantage of cell phone technology at a rapidly growing rate is through the use of text messaging. It seems that anywhere that you go where there are people you will likely see some of them glued to their phones screen, fingers typing away. In schools, malls, and cars we see them. On sidewalks, streets, and in crosswalks we see them, heads down typing away. Sometimes we may be one of those people with our fingers glued to our phones keyboard or touchscreen. “IYO TXTng = Gd 4 or NME of GMR?” If you cannot understand the previous statement, then you most likely have not been exposed to the language of text messaging. Who are the creators of this language? The answer is today’s teenagers. The translation for the opening sentence is, “In your opinion, is texting good for or the enemy of grammar?” Text messaging has surely given our society a quick means through which to communicate, taking out the need for capitalization, punctuation, the use and knowledge of sentence structure and the detail that make good statements great. Some educators suggest that this new age form of messaging may be hindering today’s teens’ abilities to apply grammar correctly in their writing and social skills. Others, however, take pride in the notion that teenagers are essentially creating their own language of the twenty-first century and see no effect on their students’ writing skills. Text messaging has brought a great deal of convenience, quickness, and a new language to our society. Technology is the mark of our innovative world today. Many benefits have emerged from text messaging. However, many problems have risen with the development and prevalence of text messaging as well. Texting while driving, more parts of a phone bill, lack of substantive communication, dinner table distractions at family meals, and possibly a decline in the grammar and writing skills of our students are some of the negative aspects of text...
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