While researching multiple studies on how texting is affecting teen literacy, I found that most the results are negative. Some researchers are asking English teachers about their views on this situation, while others are gathering information by asking teens themselves. However, one of my sources was an international study of texting that turned out to have a positive effect. Texting is negatively affecting teen literacy through bad grammar, punctuation, and laziness.
Grammar and Punctuation
Proper grammar and punctuation is something everyone started learning from the third grade. Capitalize all proper nouns, place apostrophes and commas where needed, end all sentences with a period, check all your spelling, etc. Texting is the total …show more content…
It's faster and happens at any time and place. “. . . Students know the difference between formal and informal writing . . . Sometimes text messaging effects by blurring the difference between formal and informal style” (Yusuf et al.). Everything is very informal in texting. Teens texts their parents, in the same manner, they text their friends. “In a study done in Malaysia, concern has been shown after finding glimpses of text messaging in the formal writing of the students as it is harming standard writing of students . . . Texting has penetrated deeper into the youngsters’ mind that it can be seen in the answers sheets where they are neglecting the standard ways of writing” (Muniadny et al. 2010). Teens tend to ignore the proper way of writing, and it affects their performance at school. “Students are not concerned with the proper use of ‘subject-verb agreement’ and correct spellings in their writing” (Ross). Texting is the most popular way of communication and “. . . in no way, helped language; rather abbreviated writing is killing the language. With spiffing, the grammar is also destroyed”