A Text a Day Is Bad They Say

by Alexa R.

Staff Writer

As cell phones have grown more and more dominant in people’s lives, a new type of lingo has developed. Language has been altered in many ways: abbreviations to phrases, shortening of words and different meanings behind what is being said. For example “K” is used as an angry term rather than just an “Okay.” Everyday texters use these different formats to communicate with othtexting 2ers. Because of it, people are starting to lessen their knowledge of grammatical rules and even the spelling of different words. Could a few simple texts affect the entire persona of people by altering their writing and communication skills?

Frequently, teachers ask students to put their cell phones away during class. To no one’s surprise, most all students are communicating to others in some way, shape or form, whether it is texting, tweeting, facebooking, or snapchatting that other person. These different networks all aid the change of modern language. For example, Twitter gives a maximum number of characters, 140, per tweet, forcing people to abbreviate if they have a great deal to say, for example, IDK instead of I don’t know. The same thing goes for snapchat; along with a picture, it allows a few words, but only enough that fits along the screen, about 37 characters. As for texting and posting on Facebook, no one wants to read or type a novel over a phone. Senior Madison McCabe says, “I refuse to get on Facebook anymore because all people do on there is write paragraph after paragraph of what they do all day long. Who wants to waste their time doing that?” Short and sweet is the way to go.

Even though it is convenient for others to gather what is said from simple terms, it will only hurt the writer later. For one, applying for a job starts with writing a resume. The first observation that employer will make is how the applicant writes. If that goes well, an interview is required, and being able to communicate with the employer is a must, or the applicant will not receive the job. These companies will not want to hear, “LOL this one time I went skydiving and OMG it was soooo scary but soooo fun at the same time.” That will not show that the applicant has what it takes to be a professional. Another example of writing students participate in is the numerous essays a student has to write in high school and college. Mr. Josh Sailers, AP Economics and US History Teacher, said, “I notice the laziness in my students’ writing, and I would definitely correlate it to texting and social media, but I’ve had bad writers even before they became popular.” No teacher, especially not a professor, wants to read a paper full of slang.

Although shorthand is good for some tasks in different jobs or taking notes in school, it is very informal. Informality tends to make the reader very disconnected from the piece at hand, and he or she would quickly lose interest in what is being read. Who wants to be labeled as an unimportant writer to others because he or she did not know how to portray feelings to others? When most people write, or do any task, they feel accomplished when they finish and are proud of their work. They should not be shot down; they should be taught to repair their format and better their word choice.

Even walking through the hallways in school this text-speak type of talk is heard in people’s conversations, and most all the time people talk in slang. They pick it up from TV shows and different popular songs and from sayings that become catchy and used constantly. Everyday people are quoting famous vines. For example, senior Caroline Nolen quotes Terio on Vine, “Oooo, kill ‘em,” almost every day. Little sayings like this just stick and cause a whole new run-off language for people.

All in all, texting and language should be completely separate topics. Although texting is not awful, people should do it less and encourage the face-to-face interaction with others. As long as the differences stay established, there should not be problems for writers, students, applicants, or business people. There is a language for everything, and these languages should be utilized for their intended purpose and nothing else.texting 1

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