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aljr122 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2010 at 1:55 AM via web

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How has texting affected the social skills and abilities of young teens and adults?

Hi, I am writing an essay and I am using an interview for one of my sources on it so i would like if someone could answer me and get back as soon as possible with the best answer you could think of! Thanks again!

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:00 AM (Answer #1)

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In my opinion, texting has not affected these things in any important way.  Instead, texting is just another social skill, another method of keeping in touch.

Some people think that texting reduces teens' social skills because they spend their time texting rather than interacting with people face-to-face.  But I think that texting is just as a different form of interaction, not one that is worse than a spoken conversation or a phone call.

So I don't think it affects their skills and abilities.  I think that it is just a new way of interacting that bothers some people simply because it is new.

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mrs-campbell | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:07 AM (Answer #2)

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As far as abilities goes, as an English teacher, I see texting negatively impacting student grammar and spelling.  They no longer write the word "because" out anymore; instead, it's "cuz".  This is just one of the many examples of the slow deterioration in spelling and writing skills that texting influences.

For social skills, students are losing the ability to interpret tone of voice, facial expression, and all of the other nuances that come along with personal interactions.  I have heard of so many fights that were caused because of text messages--the problem is, that you can't relay, very well, tone of voice, jesting, or other facial intricacies that often give a message meaning.  Terms like "lol" or "jk" are there to try to imply tone, but inserting a smiley face really does not work as well as being face-to-face with someone, and experiencing their gestures, expression, and tone, all of which add deep, layered meaning to their words.  I think that texting causes a lot of misunderstandings and fights because you can't relay that valuable information.

Another thing I have seen with texting is that it increases the pressures that are put on relationships.  Now, if you don't text your friend or significant other every hour or so, it's almost like you are sending a message that you hate them.  I hear girls say all of the time, "And he never texted me back!" or, "He waited two hours to text me, and I was totally panicking!"  Before texting (and cell phones), a daily phone call from home was enough, or even a call once every few days.  But now, it is required to constantly stay in touch, and if you don't, it's all of a sudden a social faux paus that indicates you don't really care for someone.  There is so much pressure!  It has changed the nature of relationships in that way too.

I hope that those thoughts helped a bit; good luck!

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:21 AM (Answer #3)

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I do notice a difference in students' social skills, texting is only partly responsible, in my opinion.

The largest difference is in an inability to concentrate.  Consistent and constant interruptions with texts (which the student sees as a priority over class or assignment) have broken up the skill to concentrate for any length of time.

The other major effect, which is more damaging in my opinion, is that many students text their friends far into the night, and I am seeing more cases of sleep deprivation now that students are so "plugged in".  I'm not against texting (in fact I just sent one in the middle of this message).  I guess that proves my point.

Socially, students are more willing to say things which would be considered rude or inappropriate in face to face contact when they are texting.

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:35 AM (Answer #4)

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As an English teacher, I can give you many reasons why I think texting has really negatively affected the social skills and abilities of young teens and adults.  First, there is the whole notion of "text speak".  Teens and adults will shorten words, and therefore do not follow the rules of standard English.  For instance, "later" becomes "l8er", and "because" becomes "bc", etc.  Also, many people do not use commas or other forms of puncutation in texting.  Both of these problems always pop up when reading many of my students' essays.  They do not know how to turn "text speak" off, and turn their English brains back on!  In terms of the social disadvantages of texting, I think that there is a false bravado that comes with texting.  People feel free to say whatever they wish because they do not have to be face-to-face with that person. Therefore, things that are usually withheld are now permissive.  Also, when one hides behind a phone to have day-to-day conversations, they "forget" how to have a conversation and interact with other people.  This creates a social awkwardness that never used to be there.

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cswarriors216 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 21, 2010 at 2:00 AM (Answer #5)

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Well this is how i would do it.

1. Intro

Start of with something like "lol, txt me ltr." or something along the lines of a txt message

2.

it affects relations ships cuz your not talking face to face and instead you dont see each other. so when you do see each other its awkward

3.

it is easy to say things that you wouldnt say in person

4.

there isnt care or concern in your words

5. Conclusion

recap it, and talk about how you txt or use an example

 

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