The Effects Of Texting On The Literacy Of One 's Formal Writing Skills

780 Words Oct 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Students’ use of textisms everyday does not affect the literacy of one’s formal writing skills. I will prove this by using multiple studies done on texting and literacy. These studies are based on gender, age, amount of text sent per day, and if participants have a Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Texting has been around for many years now and has had a lot of controversy over how it affects the learning of young children to adults.
“Reid and Reid found that roughly half of the young people who used texted messaging actually preferred texting their friends to talking to them” Beverly Plester gathered research from a study on standardized testing and a study on spelling and writing tests. He gathered young people from the ages of eleven till twelve years of age. These students where given the CAT, Cognitive Abilities Test, as well as a short questionnaire asking about their mobile phone usage, and a British Ability Scales II. In the end they found out that with the CAT there was a negative correlation between scores and use of textisms but with the spelling test there was a positive correlation with the use of textism.
A textisms is a shortened, not grammatically correct, and often spelt wrong was to write out a message to a friend or relative without being incredibly formal. Many scholars say that textisms have a negative effect on literacy. Crystal stats that “language typically used in various forms of computer-mediated communication is both like and unlike spoken and…

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