Cellphones Can Do More Harm Than Good

4035 Words Sep 26th, 2012 17 Pages
Text Messaging: The Effects on Our Society

A Report By: Blake Hogan, Emily Gilbert, Megan Leckington, and Chris Morris


In today’s day and age, most everyone in our society has and uses a cell phone. Most of those who use cell phones also use the SMS text messaging that these phones feature. This study takes a look at some of the effects and potential problems arising from the use of this text messaging. A survey of students and instructors at Lane Community College found that 70% of those surveyed believed that texting had harmful effects on students writing skills. However, studies that were analyzed found that texting is actually beneficial. While 54% of teenagers text others on a daily basis only 33% of teenagers talk to
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The secondary research survey data was analyzed and compared with primary research survey data gathered at Lane Community College, and there were some similar findings. The Edutopia.org survey (Figure 1) found that 56% of the 2840 participants thought that texting is harmful to student’s writing skills, compared to 68% of the 94 Lane Community College students (Figure 2), and 78% of the 27 Lane Community College instructors (Figure 3) surveyed that felt the same. Both students and instructors believe that texting has negative effects on student’s writing skills, with instructors thinking it does somewhat more than the student. Most instructors do not have trouble with reading student’s emails; however, as I talked with instructors it seemed that the reason that they do not have troubles is because they have learned the language themselves, and are able to decode it after being subjected to it over time. It seems that students feel that they can use both “text language” and proper English, switching from one to another depending upon what they are doing or who they are talking to. The secondary research survey data was analyzed showed some correlation to the points of view that instructors had. Both the participants in the secondary research, as well as instructors, thought that students may need more instruction on code-switching, especially early in their education (Edutopia). Both instructors and students at Lane Community
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