Shock: Text messages blamed for declining standards in written language

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mobile.pngIreland’s State Examination Commission has come to the conclusion that we all knew already: the rise in text messaging is a contributing factor in the decline of writing standards.

“The emergence of the mobile phone and the rise of text messaging as a popular means of communication would appear to have impacted on standards of writing as evidenced in the responses of candidates,” their report stated.

Text messaging relies on phonetic spellings and rarely contains punctuation, and that “seems to pose a threat to traditional conventions in writing”.

Students often rely on short sentences, simple tenses, and a limited vocabulary.

Not that you’d catch us doing that.

Andy Merrett