How can I write a good thesis explaining how the use of cell phones, specifically texting, has affected the youth of today and their communication skills?  

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In order to create a thesis statement for this paper you should consider the following questions:

  1. What is your main argument?
  2. What evidence will you present to support your argument?

Your thesis statement should frame your main argument and the supporting arguments you will present based on your evidence.

Prompt: How has the use of cell phones, specifically texting, affected the youth of today and their communication skills?

For this prompt, you will want to dive into the topic of texting as it relates to communication. What do you think about texting? Does it help or hurt young people with communication? Does it support or hinder friendships and professional relationships? How do young people communicate differently through text messages, email, and in voice conversations?

If your argument is that cell phones, and specifically texting, have had a negative impact on youth communication skills, you may consider sloppy spelling skills, antisocial behavior (inability to talk to someone in person), or problems being "in the moment" when they are wrapped up in a texting conversation.

If your argument is that cell phones, and specifically texting, have had a positive impact on youth communication skills, you may consider the development of remote friendships, social circles in texting (emojis, emoticons, memes), or the advantage of being able to proofread messages.

Of course, you may write an essay that deals with both negatives and positives. Or, you may write an essay that argues neither; maybe you instead focus on how communication has changed over time, but is no better or worse than it ever has been. Whatever your argument, you will want to research your position in detail. To get a start on this topic, check out the links below.