Almost everyone who sends text messages tends to occasionally or frequently as the case may be, use shorthand or a variety of abbreviations for words. It is now difficult for many to write in social media using proper spellings and honestly it has become quite embarrassing and difficult to read some texts. I’m sure most people will agree with me on this one. But does this shortened language of ‘text-speak’ as I’d like to call it, have a negative effect on student’s grammar skills? According to a recent study, YES it does!
A group of 11-15 year olds were surveyed on the amount of texts they sent and received. The survey was followed up with a grammar test that was focused on the usage of punctuation, possessives, apostrophes and comma. It was found that the more often a student sent and received text messages using text-speak, the worse their grammar was! Shocking? I think not! Whatever is practiced often becomes a part of you obviously.