The English Language in a Texting World Argumentative Essay

The English Language in a Texting World
A discussion on how 'text speak' is detrimental to younger generations' use of the English language.
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Published on Jun 16, 2014 in Communication (Language and Speech)

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"It can be argued that every person in the United States uses some type of electronic device in order to communicate, whether it is email, texting, or blogging. Entire generations have lived their life wired into a computer or phone, and sometimes use this as their primary form of communication. When it comes to electronic communications, shortcuts (shortening of words) are developed to get the message out faster, which evolves the English language. But is this evolution a good thing?
"Depending on how one looks at the situation, teens being attached to their cell phones and using instant messaging services can be a positive development. In the article "R u online?: The Evolving Lexicon of Wired Teens," Kris Axtman talks to a mother who has "noticed that her oldest son...who is normally shy around girls, feels more comfortable talking to them online..." (236) The sense of anonymity on the Internet can help these teens overcome their fears of talking to their peers directly. While it's not certain anonymity, communication may feel easier behind a keyboard because you have time to think about your response and the person you are communicating with are not able to see your nervous ticks. Building a relationship initially over the Internet can help the teens become more comfortable with their face-to-face interactions. Even though the teens aren't usually talking about life-affirming decisions or events, any type of discussion, even if it's just about "the rotten Spanish teacher...the mall, a movie, chillin at his house..." (236) is a good discussion. However, on the flipside, the inability to have a conversation face-to-face is a handicap. People have to be able to communicate directly to others, and can't rely on their cell phone or computer to relay the message. Avoiding direct conversation can also delay how teens learn to deal with confrontation, and cause more problems. Limited anonymity (non direct to direct contact) on the Internet can spur teens to become nastier to one another, and if they do not learn to talk about their problems face-to-face, entire problems may never be solved."

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