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Wider attitudes towards text messaging

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The mobile phone, invented in 1979, by Douglas Han is one of numerous ways that has changed the way our society communicates. In today?s world people have not only adapted to the rising technology, they have embraced it to the point where they have become entirely dependent on it. Communicating has become more prompt and convenient then it has ever been previously. When a person sends a text message it is usually in an innovative cluster of codes in order to make messaging quicker and easier. It has evolved though through text messages to a point where the dialect is so obscure that it could be considered an art form. For example, initialised phrases from "LOL" meaning laughing out loud, to "TTYL" which is a quick form of goodbye; these initialisms are being passed back and forth between mobile phones providing consistent and seemingly coded contact between mobile users. With the new age of text messaging, brings a whole slew of problems as texting is ?pillaging our punctuation and savaging our sentences? as described by a honourable news presenter, whom admires the great heritages of English Language, John Humphreys. While text messaging allows people to keep in touch quickly and easily as described by David Crystal, it is a far cry from actually talking to someone in person. ...read more.


the contractions of Saturday to ?sat? and should to ?shud? presents a impression of efficient texting which enables the sender to rapidly present ideas which would also indicate that the sender is urged to tell the recipient about the party showing excitement and the inability to remain patient as the writer is overwhelmed to pass on the news. Additionally, the use of capitalism, repeated punctuation and the repetition of the letter ?o? in ?SOOOOO LONG!!!? would suggest that it has actually been a very long time since they had last spoken as the repeated letter would indicate length and the repeated punctuation helps to exaggerate the extent of their break; whereas the capitals emphasis and states it in bold, which can therefore be clearly interpreted by the reader at first sight. This shows intellectuality as the writer is able to present the tone of voice without speaking and this would suggest to people such as David Crystal that in fact people who send text are actually wisely complex enough to represent such visualisations that the recipient can easily decode without them directly facing each other. In another text message which insinuates a conversation between two adults who are more academically advanced shows that their texting actually complies with standard English grammar rules such as capital letters, the correct use of ...read more.


Furthermore, it stands rich that texting causes many young people to lose awareness of spelling and grammar which deprives them of being able to use standard English form when required, however as clearly indicated by a study carried out by David Crystal, less than 10% of all text messages present abbreviation of any kind and this would suggest the general stereotyping of some individuals is mistaken and surely, if spelling is used incorrectly or if words are shortened to form contractions it would inevitably suggest that the correct spelling must be known in the first place in order to be able to alter it to form a code of more efficient sentences. It has also been proven that even the Victorians in the late 19th century had used the term ?u? to imply ?you? suggesting our modern teenagers are only following the footsteps of our ancestors. Text messaging has definitely made a tremendous impact on our society, both positively and negatively. Although, texting is a rapid solution, which enhances our lives through transporting messages efficiently it can also be an obstruction to our lively hood as through texting humans talk to each other less which could in future totally alter the way in which we communicate towards one another. ...read more.

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