"Tweens" who use text messages to communicate with friends and family might be at risk of declining language and grammar skills, according to researchers at Penn State University.
The middle school-age children who frequently use language adaptations, known as techspeak, when they text performed poorly on a grammar test because they often use shortcuts, such as homophones, omissions of non-essential letters and initials to compose a text message. Examples are LOL (laughing out loud), gr8 (great), nite (for night) and *$ (Starbucks).
The researchers said using these shortcuts can hinder a tween's ability to switch between techspeak and proper grammar.
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