Text Messaging: Means of Comunication or Means of Lowering the Level of English Literacy Among Lpu Students

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LYCEUM of the PHILIPPINES UNIVERSITY
CAVITE CAMPUS
Governor’s Drive Gen. Trias, Cavite

Text Messaging: Means of Communication or Means of Lowering
The Level of English Literacy among LPU Students

Submitted by:
Malabanan, Jill Justine E.
Paras, Juran Jither I.
Salonoy, Roy Jerus J.
Sumague, Aron Johnzel M.
Toledo, Renz Harry M.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

CHAPTER I
Problem and Its background…………………………………………………………..............1 Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………....1 Statement of the Problem……………………………………………………………………..4 Significance of the Study …………………………………………………………..…………5 Scope and Limitations………………………………………………………………………...6 CHAPTER II

Review of Related Literature…………………………………………………………………7 CHAPTER III
Methodology………………………………………………………………………………….13 CHAPTER IV
Findings……………....................………………………………………………………………17 CHAPTER V
Summary, Conclusions, and Recommendations……………………………………………21 Summary.......................................................................................................................................21 Conclusions..................................................................................................................................21 Recommendations.........................................................................................................................22 Bibliography

Webliography…………………………………………………………………………………23 Appendix……………………………………………………………………………………...24 i

CHAPTER I
Problem and Its Background

Introduction
Text messaging as we all know nowadays is the most convenient and very affordable way of communication among us people especially in the part of the students. It is described as the exchange of short text messages. It can be sent via mobile phones, fixed-line phone, and portable or fixed devices over a network.

Originally, text messaging only referred to Short Message Service (SMS) messages but as technology improved, text messaging also includes Multimedia Message Service (MMS) messages. While SMS is only text-based, MMS messages contain pictures, sound, images, animation, and video. The person who sends a text message is called a “texter” and separate regions may have different colloquialisms. In Australia, India, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, and North America, text messaging is simply known as a text. In other parts of Europe, it’s SMS, and in Asia and the Middle East, it’s SMS or TMS. Since it’s very easy to send a text, many people find it very convenient to use SMS or MMS for communication, alerts, business, and so on. Nowadays, famous people like entertainers, sports personalities, politicians, and other influential people can use text messaging to reach their fans.

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The history of text messaging began when Sema Group test engineer Neil Papworth sent a text message to Richard Jarvis through the Vodafone network by using his personal computer. Sent on December 3, 1992, the message simply read “Merry Christmas”. The limit of a standard SMS message is 140 bytes per message. With 7-bit encoding, a texter can send a maximum of 160 characters if the English alphabet is used. In the early days, text messaging was not so popular and one GSM customer only sent an average of 0.4 messages per month in 1995. Since the operators were not up to speed in setting up charging systems and eliminating billing fraud, the general public was not too enthusiastic to use text messaging. Now, SMS is available on 3G networks as well as a wide range of other networks and it’s the most popular mobile data service. At the end of 2007, 74 percent of mobile phone users around the world are active users of SMS. More than 85 percent of the population in countries like Finland, Norway, and Sweden use SMS. At the end of 2008, close to 60 percent of North Americans and about 80 percent of Europeans are known to be active users of SMS. In the Philippines, subscribers send an average of 27 text messages a day....
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