Veronica Stafford's: Texting And Literacy By Veronica Collins

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Formal Essay Number 1 In Veronica Stafford’s essay “Texting and Literacy” (found on page 115 in the textbook) she discusses how she thinks texting has doomed the future. She has noticed that at her school many of the students do not pay attention to each other as they walk down the halls between classes; instead of looking at everyone, and where they are going, they are texting. According to Ms. Stafford it is texting that causes students to be stupid and to get bad grades. However this is “choppy thinking” as she herself states. According to Ms. Stafford’s essay over seventy-five and a half million texts are sent per day, and 54% of those who text sending more than five texts a day. This is not so bad when you consider that there are over …show more content…
While she does not say what the questions were she does talk about their results: she found that those who owned cell phones with text capability (not those who necessarily used it, just had it) had more grammatical errors such as “leaving apostrophes out of contractions”, using “r” instead of “are”, and providing shorter answers than those whose cell phones did not have texting capabilities. While she does talk a lot about grammar she does not mention how the content of the answers of those who had texting capabilities compared to those without; and while those with text capability provided shorter answers than those without you don’t know whether that was bad or not, as it is possible to have a 100 page paper be barely F- quality while a two page paper on the same subject is A+ …show more content…
Thus the sentence from the thirteen year old in Scotland mentioned earlier “My smmr hols wr CWOT. B4 we used 2 go 2 NY 2C my bro, & 3 kids FTF ILNY, its gr8…” can be easily read in America as ‘My summer holidays were a complete waste of time. Before we used to go to New York to see my brother, and three kids face to face I love New York, its great …’ with only the knowledge that a holiday is the same as a vacation. Texting even has connections to one of the greatest scientific minds of the sixteenth century and a Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin. Franklin actually invented what we think of nowadays as texting language. Believe it or not texting language is not actually texting language, as many people, including Stafford, claim; instead it is Secretarial diction shorthand. The people that businessmen and women require to spell everything correctly use this “choppy English” to spell and write everything non-choppy and proper

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