Text Messaging : The Enemy Or No Big Deal?

1293 Words Apr 16th, 2016 6 Pages
"IYO TXTNG = NME or NBD?" Translation: "In your opinion, is text messaging the enemy or no big deal?" As more and more students immerse themselves in a new language that they use over their cell phones and Blackberries, a number of educators worry that the writing skills of their students are suffering (Ring, 2006). However, other educators see little evidence that the language of texting is having a negative impact on students ' schoolwork. Is the prevalence of text messaging something to worry about? Should educators fear the use of texting in their classrooms? WDYT? For you old-timers, that means: what do you think? This paper will discuss the negative aspects associated with text messaging or texting as it is commonly known, the scope of this practice in current schools, and how this seemingly negative phenomenon can be used in a positive manner. Texting, a modern scourge?
Texting refers to the use of abbreviations and other techniques to craft short-messaging service (SMS) and instant messages. Texting seldom follows the standard rules of English grammar or usual word spellings. Short-message format routinely sacrifices grammar, syntax, and punctuation for the sake of slang and brevity (Baggott, 2006). According to Vosloo (2009), texting is so pervasive that some regard it as an emerging language in its own right. This is largely due to the proliferation of mobile phones as well as internet-based instant messaging (IM). As a result of their…
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