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Friday, April 25, 2008

new york times: teens text 2 much, cant write 4 shiznit :) LOL

Posted By on Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 9:42 AM

from the new york times: a new study shows that most young people use some email and text-message shorthand in schoolwork. survey prompts one expert to predict the eventual demise of capital letters.
Nearly two-thirds of 700 students surveyed said their e-communication style sometimes bled into school assignments, according to the study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project, in partnership with the College Board’s National Commission on Writing. About half said they sometimes omitted proper punctuation and capitalization in schoolwork. A quarter said they had used emoticons like smiley faces. About a third said they had used text shortcuts like “LOL” for “laugh out loud.” “I think this is not a worrying issue at all,” said Richard Sterling, emeritus executive director of the National Writing Project, which aims to improve the teaching of writing. When e-mail shorthand — or for that matter, slang — appears in academic assignments, Professor Sterling said, it is an opportunity for teachers to explain that while such usages are acceptable in some contexts, they do not belong in schoolwork. And as the English language evolves, he said, some e-mail conventions, like starting sentences without a capital letter, may well become accepted practice.
-- Joe P. Tone
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