Texting Shortcuts No Threat For Children's Developing Language Skills

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Texting shortcuts no threat to children’s developing language skills, study finds This article from The Mercury investigates a study conducted in collaboration with researchers in England and Tasmania. The study examines the relationship between the use of texting language and language skills in young students. There has been a general consensus that the overuse of electronic devices must impair the language ability. However “the research found no negative relationship between formal writing skills and the use of textisms”. Furthermore the study suggests that texting can actually have a positive effect. The article suggests that the reason this study reached conclusions that differ from previous studies was that “this was the first time students were followed up on their formal test results a year later”. Topic 1: Research methods The procedure of the study was comprised of three components. Firstly, participants were asked to complete a questionnaire in order to collect data about the participant’s texting habits and their demographic information (De Jonge & Kemp, 2012). Next participants were instructed to translate Standard English sentences from two lists into texting language; one list was typed into their phone and the other was written on paper (De Jonge & Kemp, 2012). Finally the participants were instructed to complete a literacy test in order to collect data on their language, reading and spelling skills (De Jonge & Kemp, 2012). A general trend showed that

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