While texting may seem like nothing more than another distraction for our fast-paced youth, it turns out this rapid means of communication may be more than just a nuisance. Researchers have found there are actually positive effects of texting for teens, from improved language skills to emotional relief, and even added benefits for the especially introverted teen. Language Skills A study published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology in found texting could positively impact reading and language development. Contrary to the notion that texting could be detrimental to teen literacy, the study found the use of text-speak, or language specific to text messages, was positively correlated with reading ability.
March 31, Accepted: April 28, doi: Based on responses from survey participants, the article argues that even though mobile phones are handy ICTs for harnessing and disseminating information, they could have their dark side too: Introduction As more and more students worldwide acquire and use mobile phones, so are they immersing themselves in text messaging.
Such is the situation that some teachers, parents and students themselves are expressing concerns that student writing skills stand the risk of being sacrificed on the altar of text messaging.
The phenomenon has brought in its wake three main schools of thought. While some educators and students think that text messaging is one of the banes of mobile telephony because of its possible negative impact on writing skills of students; others contend that it rather enhances their written communication skills, and therefore is a blessing.
A third group thinks that the argument is neither here nor there — text messaging has neither positive nor negative impact on student writing. The first school of thought bases its argument on the fact that for the sake of brevity, concision, and economy, the simple message system SMS of text messaging throws the essential mechanics of writing such as grammar, syntax, punctuation and capitalization to the wind.
The other school of thought, spearheaded by the renowned linguist, David Crystal, thinks otherwise: The more students write, the more they improve upon their writing skills. Therefore, its increased use rather enhances the literacy of users, especially the youth in stead of harming it Crystal, The debate is carried to another level by the third group who doubt whether texting really has any effect positive or negative on English grammar at all.
These views will be expanded later under the literature review section. I would like to posit that text messaging in itself is not bad. It is its misuse, especially, the unbridled use of abbreviations and non-standard expressions and spellings and their possible negative impact on student writing skills that must be watched.
Before weighing the pros and cons of text messaging and its potential effects on student writing skills, the next section discusses what prompted this study. Following such complaints, the Academic Board commissioned a committee in to investigate the causes of poor communication skills among students of the Polytechnic and to recommend ways of arresting the situation.
The Committee came out with the following findings: One may ask, four years down the line, has the situation improved or worsened?
They were thus unable to clearly convey messages during interviews or normal working schedules. The two reports aptly summarise the state of affairs regarding student communication skills, especially writing.
Text messaging involves writing; but, does SMS language and writing really help students in their writing skills? What does the literature say about the phenomenon generally? What empirical evidence is there to depict the situation at the Wa Polytechnic? To achieve these objectives I propose to go about the study using the survey approach; but first, a look at what the literature says about the phenomenon elsewhere.
Literature review Considering the relatively short history of mobile telephony in general and SMS text messaging in particular December toit is rather amazing the level of interest it has generated among researchers and authors around the world.
Not many books have been written on the subject yet. InFinnish author Hannu Luntiala published the first ever book written solely in text message language, about a business executive traveling throughout Europe and India Crystal, The following year, David Crystal, a renowned Linguistics Professor came out with his book entitled Txtng: This could be said to be the most comprehensive literary work so far on the SMS text messaging.
Various researches on the impact of SMS texting have also been carried out and findings published in journals, newspapers, and on the internet.
These articles, mostly online, address the positive and negative impacts of text messaging on various aspects of social life, including the academic work of students.
While one school of thought argues that the service is a curse, because it impacts negatively on student communication skills, particularly writing skills; the other, led by David Crystal, contends that texting is not harmful to student literacy; rather it enhances it Crystal In his book, Txtng: The Gr8 Db8, a logogram which stands for Texting: The Great DebateCrystal refutes the popular view that SMS language and its profuse use of abbreviations and slang can impact negatively on student language and literacy.
His claim was based on six main points; that: A third school of thought contends that it has no effect on grammar.
They point out that slang words have no effect on English grammar, and that even though each generation has its own jargon, English grammar has not been changed. In spite of the apparently huge volumes of work on the subject, the literature is silent on the phenomenon as it pertains to a regional technical tertiary institution in an African country where English is not the mother tongue L1 of the students.
In an academic environment where one out Published by Canadian Center of Science and Education www. There is no doubt that text messaging has some impacts on the way people talk and write — some negative; others positive depending on the content and context.
This could probably be ascribed to the pervasiveness of SMS text lingo among the students. However, following the wide publication of reports dating back to on the use of text language in school assignment, some sections of the public became concerned about the decline in the quality of written communication.Text messaging can affect a person’s social skills, writing skills, driving skills.
The money that people spend on phones and texting can cause financial hardship. Text messaging has begun to have a detrimental effect on people’s writing skills. Texting & Its Positive Impact on Teens By Alissa Fleck ; A study published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology in found texting could positively impact reading and language development.
Contrary to the notion that texting could be detrimental to teen literacy, the study found the use of text-speak, or language specific.
a look at some of the effects and potential problems arising from the use of this text messaging. A survey of students and instructors at Lane Community College found that 70% of those surveyed believed that texting had harmful effects on students writing skills.
The SMS technology allows up to characters in length for each short message composed with Latin alphabets, and 70 characters in length for those composed with non-Latin alphabets like Arabic and Chinese.
Some uses of SMS text messaging Text messaging has caught on so well with mobile phone users, partly because of its ubiquity. a look at some of the effects and potential problems arising from the use of this text messaging.
A survey of students and instructors at Lane Community College found that 70% of those surveyed believed that texting had harmful effects on students writing skills. Hemmer: Impact of Text Messaging on Communication Published by Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato, example, I call my parents about once a week.