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the txt gener8ion

Since its invention in 1992, txt msgin has bcum the nu way of communic8ion 4 the younger gener8ion, wiv reports of 1.2 billion txts bin sent evry wk, which is the same amount as were sent in the whole of 1999*.  Altho initially invented as an accompaniment 4 fonecalls & aimed at businessmen, it has been adopted by the younger gener8ion as a cheaper means of communic8ion.  Most people now receiv and send more txt msgs than fonecalls on their mobile, makin it highly influential on 2days society & the way we interact wiv each otha.  The following quote suggests reasons 4 its increasing popularity:  

 “rapid growth of SMS text messaging was due to the cheap access to the networks, the decreasing prices of mobile phones and the popularity it had with the youth market as the latest ‘must-have’ accessory. With the maximum number of characters in a message being 160, people have learned ways of shortening words so that they can say more in one message.” (taken from bbc.co.uk- accessed 14.11.07)

 Its influence can b seen thru the nu language tht txt msging has cre8ed, where words r shortened & lettas replaced in orda 2 save space.  This has bcum the nu language for the younger gener8ion, leading 2 investg8ions in2 reprts of illiteracy as the correct spellin of words appears 2 b irrelevant now.  This is a huge impact for 1 form of media 2 cre8 on society, it has changed not only the way we communic8, but has affected the language we use 2 do so. 

 Txting has bcum 1 of the most used mediums bcoz it is a lot more accessible than email or calling sum1. Ur mobile is always wiv u, hence the name ‘mobile’, & the person u r contacting will always receive ur msg, unlike calling sum1 on the fone, when they mite not answer.  It also adds a certain facelessness to msgs, meaning tht ppl mite say things in txt msgs tht they wudnt say face 2 face or ova the fone.  As a n8ion, the British r an unemotive society, hiding feeling & sentiment & generally bein v self aware.  The txt msg caters 4 this society as it gives the user a mode of communic8ion that dulls emotions and expression in the physical sense.          

 * figures taken from bbc news aired on 5th november 2007.


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  1. * rachelgibbs says:

    I think to some extent that texting language can cause certain amounts of illiteracy. It seems like children are getting mobiles at a younger age every year. My cousin (who is EIGHT might i add) has got the latest piece of technology at the moment, which i think is a little rediculous.

    I’d like to see the amount of academic pieces of work from younger people which include text abbreviations…

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago
  2. * fran06 says:

    When thinking about the younger generation in relation to using text messaging at such an early age, I do believe they will in turn find it difficult to use the correct spelling. I have found difficulty latley when writing a formal essay, as I have realised I have really had to concentare on my grammatical form more so then ever to ensure that I dont begin to write in text format. The fact that I have struggled with writing formally implies to me that school children when given a phone to young will really struggle with spelling correctly later in life.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 5 months ago

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