Is Text Messaging Hurting Our Grammar?

ROFL 10-03-2015

We all tend 2 write a lil diff when we r writing txt messages with friends. FYI, this shorthand might be hurting your grammar Dumb Grammar Mistakes You Shouldn't Make, But Probably Do It may sound correct when you're speaking it, but in the written form, your grammar mistakes makes you look plain dumb. Read More !

Seriously, though, strong grammar comes from building good habits How to Use Micro Habits and Spark Massive Personal Change Creating new habits is hard. Habits are usually built over weeks or months of repetition, and motivation is the challenge. When the going gets tough, micro-habits can be a huge help. Read More , and breaking them when texting can end up leading to the formation of bad ones, which can ultimately lead to poor grammar. This is especially true for people who don’t write a lot in their daily lives. Turning off the urge to say “U” instead of “you” can be hard if you’re not accustomed to it!

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  1. Jo Marsh
    March 11, 2015 at 12:25 am

    I don't think text speak has anything to do with the dropping standards of grammar, and spelling. I am now 58, I can txt spk, I understand all but the most worryingly moronic of texts! When I was a kid, we used to use Pig Latin/backslang, as well as a mixture of any and every language we were learning at school. And if it was so easy to lose control of your own language simply because you managed to send a number of short form texts.. then how on earth does anyone manage to deal with a couple of Spanish/French/German/whatever lessons chucked into the mix to cause confusion..?? ;) This is called multi-tasking these days; years ago, it wasn't called anything. We learned, and we got a hard time if we didn't aim to be top and do as best as we could. And then we were made to be ashamed. Too many easy options, or excuses are made for everyone NOT to manage even the most basic tasks. THAT is why standards are dropping, if they exist at all, and when we have finally become a bunch of gibbering, mono-browed morons who have no communcation skills, well... who shall we blame? OH! I think it just may have to be ourselves! ;) jk

  2. PatL
    March 10, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I would guess that most people don't use punctuation on their phones because they have to switch to a different keyboard.

  3. James Howde
    March 10, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Interesting; but me grammar were much not good before Text Messaging also.

  4. DalSan M
    March 10, 2015 at 8:07 am

    I find that "tech speak" becomes too much of an everyday thing that I see it often used by fellow students at the university I attend. It is irritating, and causes me to think that these students are not as smart or intelligent as they may actually be. Trying you have intelligent conversations or discussions with someone that uses tech speak is poor "netiquette", and becomes difficult to take the person seriously. I like to speak to other people in college discussions on a college level, or at least high school level; tech speak is more on the level of elementary school as there aren't many, if any at all, sentences with punctuation, and trying to decipher the text becomes overly cumbersome to want to continue the discussion.

    If one were you learn and use tech speak, then one should learn it as a second language to one's main language. Learning to know where it may be appropriate for use is very important, as well. Technology has already caused many people to become lazy physically, we do not need technology to cause people to become lazy in language and other mental skills. I even hate that many cashiers have a hard time calculating cost and change due because the register is "never wrong".

    One's main language can be tough enough to try and use properly in an intelligent and eloquent way, and then adding different dialects and slang makes it more difficult. Adding tech speak and other non-formal forms of a language adds more difficulty to the language. As long as people learn when to and when not to use tech speak and other abbreviated informal language, I'll be fine with their use.

  5. Gavin
    March 10, 2015 at 6:53 am

    I have a tendency to either skip words or letters when I am typing, so I have to proof read my own typing before I send. This happens because the brain thinks faster than the fingers and this also happens to many people, but some people don't fix their mistakes.

  6. Suleiman
    March 10, 2015 at 4:29 am

    ur grandpa said, " O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo? "

    u said, " O Romeo, Romeo, what is the purpose of you being Romeo?"

    ur kids said, " yo Rmyo, Rmyo, wuts da prpz of u bn Rmyo ?"

    ur granpa's is archaic English, urs is modern English and ur kidz is future English. So sit'n' relax n let da change take itz course.

    ps: my techspeak was proofread by my 13 yrs kid and she have approved it :)

  7. likefunbutnot
    March 10, 2015 at 3:26 am

    I refuse to use SMS. Every device I've owned that has been capable of sending them has been just as capable of sending E-mail and/or using an Instant Message service. I use proper language out of respect for my correspondent and I do not wish to use a service designed to constrain my ability to do so.