Does this pose a big threat? Not necessarily. The fact that students are accustomed to using their “tech speak” and slang more than proper English doesn’t mean that the world will forever be illiterate because of the technological advancements.
A. Turner (2009) worked with her students to differentiate their writing in the classroom and social media. Some of the students proved that in a way their writing was like “flipping a switch”. Some students were able to do their academic writing with no problem then switch to their everyday language use.
In the end, there is not enough information and research out there to prove that texting is the only thing cooperating to the decline of proper English. While it is not the sole factor for illiteracy, it does contribute to it. Few things could help prevent the day to day mistakes made in academic writing. High School level English could probably become more stern, college classes could possibly add a review of grammar structure along with the process of writing. There are many ways mistakes in the classroom can be