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INTERESTING READ: A new study published in the British Journal of Developmental Psychology contradicts these thoughts and claims texting could have beneficial effects on children’s language skills. I’ve heard of studies that suggest texting could lead to the deterioration of English skills in children. Some teachers will even tell you they’ve seen text lingo such as shortenings, contractions, acronyms, symbols, and non-conventional spellings appear in homework assignments.

The study considered 88 children between the ages of 10 to 12. During the study, children were asked to generate text messages that described 10 different scenarios. From the study, children who texted regularly showed a richer vocabulary and were better equipped to express their thoughts in writing. In most cases, these children were also aware of the proper spelling of the words they were shortening. Through the course of the study, the children were also given traditional schoolwork. Here again, the students who texted regularly showed an edge.

According to Dr. Beverley Plester, the lead author of the report and senior lecturer at Coventry University, “The alarm in the media is based on selected anecdotes but actually when we look for examples of text speak in essays we don’t seem to find very many.” Plester goes on to say texting can help children since it exposes them to a variety of words. She also suggests the more exposure a person has to the written word, the more literate that person will become.

This isn’t the first study that suggests benefits of texting or instant messaging. Studies from the University of Toronto have also shown a positive effect on teenagers’ command of language as a result of instant messaging use.

What do you think, can texting and instant messaging improve kids’ language skills? Share your opinion in the comments.

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We now live in a modernize society that allows us stay connected to each other 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week, and 52 weeks a year. Emails have become such an essential way of communication and staying connected, that in fact, many of us have a hard time staying away from email for more than a day or so.

In a recent article published by the New York Times, president –elect Barack Obama many soon have to give up not only his Blackberry, but all email correspondence as well one he become president.

Like for Obama — just as it would be for many of us — that is a huge sacrifice. In fact, some of us might opt not to become president if we had to stop email, Instant Messaging, Facebook/MySpace messages, texting and the works. What about you?

Could you give up email for five years? How about for 2 weeks?

And if you have done it, what have your experiences been?

I’d love to hear your experiences! Share in the comments.

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