Texting improves literacy

They’re at it wherever you look – on the bus or train, even just walking to school. Students seem fixated on their mobile phones, nimbly tapping out text messages such as ”Wen wil i c u 2night? Cos sum1 left a msg bout ur frend bein sik. R u sik 2?”

This tide of texting has prompted warnings that the technology is leading to a decline in language skills. So are children losing the capacity to read, write and spell well?

The answer: Probably not.

Indeed, new research has found a strong link between primary school children’s use of text abbreviations and improved literacy. That’s right, texting actually improves your ability to read and write. Learn more here.


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