Infographic: Texting hurts your grammar

A study proves saying “2” instead of “to,” and other forms of techspeak, can affect a person’s ability to write well. Grammar purists rejoice.

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Does texting hurt your grammatical ability?

Many communicators around the world insist that it does. If you’re in this camp, there are now facts to back you up. How gr8!

OnlineCollege.org created an infographic based on survey findings that say techspeak, the shortened language people use to quickly communicate via text or digital technology, mars one’s ability to use grammar properly. Middle schoolers are the most likely to use techspeak—they send more than twice the amount of text messages than any other age group. It’s also the most detrimental to them, as the middle school years are the most formative learning period. The study concluded that middle schoolers who use techspeak may have trouble switching back to proper grammar when they need to do so.

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