How Does Text Messaging Affect Writing Skills?

Those who use text and instant messaging often continue to use abbreviations and shortened words in their writing. Since technologies have advanced drastically over the past decade, text slang has made its way into schools, causing teenagers to use "Internet English."

When these students are asked to write papers, fill out applications or use their writing skills, many do not realize that they use text messaging slang. In some schools, teachers accept first drafts that include text messaging slang because students are writing and essentially learning. Students are writing more than in past generations thanks to text messaging, but students must learn when such language is appropriate and switch to proper English in formal writing situations.