Texting has educational benefits?

Darren Allan

January 20, 2010

Apparently the art of texting isn’t eroding the next generation’s ability to be able to string together a coherent sentence.

So says a study by a senior lecturer at Coventry university, which claims that children who have mobiles and text each other are actually better spellers.

And indeed texting kids have superior levels of literacy, according to the research which was carried out on a group of 8 to 12-year-olds.

The study found that text usage could be utilised to predict reading ages and “phonological awareness” (a child’s awareness of the sound structure of a word).

It also said that the proportion of text abbreviations used (LOL, CUL8R and the like) increased with age, more than doubling from Year 4 pupils to Year 6. In other words, the study author contends that more sophisticated literacy skills are required for greater “textism” use.

Which is very different from the traditional view taken by educational experts, who see text abbreviations as a blight on the English language.


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