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How Texting and Instant Messaging (Techspeak) Hurt Your Grammar?

We all are social media freaks, aren’t we?

We are all time chatting with our friends on Whatsapp (don’t tell me you don’t use it!), Facebook Messenger, Viber, Skype, Textie, BBM and what not! But have you ever wondered, how an increased reliance on text messaging and techspeak is destroying our writing and verbal communication skills.

First of all, let me tell you what is techspeak?

Techspeak is a take on english that is used while texting, instant messaging, Emailing, Social Networking. Some example I can refer to here are – LOL, TMI, OMG, FYI, AFAIK, etc.

The shortened language does all you to type more quickly (like “C” for “see,” “2” for “to”), but it also affects your grammar when writing a blog post or a piece of official document or email. The most impacted due to this are the students and professionals.

A study has revealed that the more students, the more it may impact their grammar – students who use techspeak a lot, may have trouble switching back to traditional grammar when needed. Research suggests the use of abbreviations, word substitutions, acronyms, and emoticons, are all major contributors to this decline.

How texting, IMs and social networks have a hit on your grammar and professional writing skills, why does it matter at all, let’s find out in this well researched infographic below.

Does-Texting-Hurt-Your-Grammar

[via OnlineCollege]

So, how often do you use techspeak while communicating with your friends, do you feel that it is having an impact on your grammar and written skills? Do meet me in the comments below.

Article written by Amandeep Singh

Chief curator of Technolism. A software engineer by profession, an engineer by education and a web enthusiast by passion.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Madras Geek Reply

    Great infographic!

  2. Alicia Vikander Reply

    Nice infographic.

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