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Do you think that constant use of abbreviations while texting messages or sending email is having an adverse effect on your spelling, grammar and punctuation?

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Absolutely. It leads to decline in language skills with links to poor grammar scores and can also affect offline language skills important to language development and grammar skills.

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No, for the simple reasons - 1) I teach languages... 2) I don't text...

On the other hand, my keyboard very often makes mistakes... ;-)

0 ( +5 / -5 )

funny fighting!

me too. what she/he said.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

I enjoy real live emocons.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

I dont no

1 ( +3 / -2 )

In the words of Albert Einstein, "I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots." It seems he was right!

7 ( +10 / -3 )

I don't use abbreviations in texting. I probably take a lot longer to write a text than most friends but I don't like shortening every other word.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Texting is a waste of time. Disconnect. "it's all about me" attitude that contributes to the dumbing down of the Japanese student. Principals may ask, "Why learn English?" Why learn Japanese when the new Japanese language is texting? It is a lot easier to be angry and bully using texting than face to face conversation.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

no w'a m8!!;)

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Defo. Dontcha H8 it?

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Nah, could still speak l33t perfectly

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Do you think that constant use of abbreviations while texting messages or sending email is having an adverse effect on your spelling, grammar and punctuation?

No, because I don't use them and I disable autofill and the like. However, for the current yoot of the world between the ages of, say, 11 to 30, yes. They are textual challenged to begin with as they don't read very much compared to previous generations not raised with, first, computers and, now, smartphones and tablets. If they can't get the information they want damn near instantly, they lose interest or just move on to the next thing that catches their eye.

What I find so interesting in forums like this and even in business is how many people ignore misspelled words when post online or send send e-mails (what program doesn't have spell check?) and use the lame tag on e-mails sent from smartphone: "Please excuse spelling and grammar errors as this message was sent from my phone." So what? Lazy.

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An effect on my grammar, etc.? No. That's because I distinguish between more formalized writing, e.g., work communications and reports, and writing which doesn't require that kind of structural precision. However, I am seeing it creep into the writing of my peers, friends, and associates, even in work place settings. Is this bad? Not necessarily. If the recipients understand what's being written, that's all that really matters: effective communication means getting the message across.

What I am seeing though, is an increase in instances of auto-fill errors, which spell-checkers don't catch, because they're not misspelled. On top of that, many don't review and edit their writing; they just hit send. Most of the time, it's not a big deal, because we skim and scan and interpret from context anyway, but sometimes it produces genuine WTF moments.

Language evolves - getting worked up over it won't stop it from happening. What I can't seem to pull off well anymore is penmanship; I'm increasingly useless at actual writing - too much typing.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

@Jeff Huffman

You should check your own text... Not very much punctuation, a repeated word... et cetera

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

Texting shorthand really sux and I'm happy to say I haven't used that sort of writing l8ly.

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On my grammar, no. I can also write Pittman's shorthand and that doesn't affect my actual writing out a formal message with no abbreviations or shorthand. I think it DOES affect some people, though, and kids should be told over and over that while using the short forms and abbreviations for texts and memos is fine, they need to know the proper way to write and spell as well.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

On mine, no, but I can't speak for others. In emails, Skype and messaging services I always type the words out in full. I abhor 'text speak'.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

This is already happening.

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@Thunderbird2

I agree with you ! (but a LOT of people con't agree with me !)

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IDK

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The problem is many people don't even know basic rules and spelling in the first place, e.g. differences between your and you're, were, where and we're, its and it's, lose and loose, etc. It just gets worse when they depend on auto-correct and auto-fill as they don't even know if the final output selected for them is correct or not. More so for those who use abbreviations often: it tends to make people lazy and disregard basic rules.

These are the same kind of people who get defensive and start yelling "grammar police" to cover up for their mistakes. Well, duh. If you learned proper grammar and spelling in the first place you wouldn't be looking foolish with blunders all over the place. But hey, if you want to remain an ignoramus that's your prerogative.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Only if you are under 30 and grew up with this technology

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Yes it is having an effect... but languages have always evolved. It is mainly about communication not punctuation.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Nah.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

it will have an effect on TODAY'S rules of spelling, grammar and punctuation. it is the future, like it or not. but poor aliens listening to us lowly evolved humans, they wont be able to keep up with decoding our communication methods.

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This reminds me of the question that was posed to figure out why driving ability in my city was declining. Accidents were at an all-time high and there were many bad habits such as running reds, going through pedestrian crosswalks, improper signals, lane changes, etc. Yet, when people answered the survey about their driving, almost everyone said that their driving was just fine, it was the other people on the road that was terrible.

Texting is like calling up your friends for a quick chat. No one speaks formally, and I can easily imagine the conversation may even have times when only close friends would understand them since they have a long history and only one word would suffice to bring back those thoughts. In texting, there is no real need to make certain that all your words are correctly spelled or that your grammar is perfect as it is only meant for friends. If this article is referring to online posting, I think that's a different matter entirely. For emails, the same applies when chatting with friends, but if you're writing to a business colleague or someone you don't know, I think there is a certain amount of formality that should be adhered to.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

i def dont the abbrevs ect having affect on my w/e? are you?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Most certainly... and punctuation in fact can alter a meaning with disastrous results.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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