text, sms, celphone messaging makes us poor in spelling?

i love cellularphones, hope we wont be poor in spe - and makes us dependent and lazy dull heads
Philippines
January 15, 2007 10:03am CST
since almost everyone do own cellular phones and eveyone finds the need of communication, i like to ask is the text or sms messaging system makes you lazy to spell the entire long words? example: How r u? M fyn. K, get it. its totally fine to use the dictionary feature but since we are in fast messaging, we do it in shortcuts and clues words... well, i have no arguments coz its freedom, but what about the children? since they spend more time in technology attachment, rather reading novels or newspapers, can this make them poor in spelling? i think not only children, most of my friends are just so lazy to type the whole correct spelling and justifying that the short cut word s understandable and message is sent. do you think the celphone makes you sometimes dependent to short messaging? and thus us the habbit of gives poor spelling?
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@amgupta (274)
• India
15 Jan 07
well i totally agree with you dude...the usage of slangs in sms, test messaging and while chatting has really got a bad impact on writing skills....you do all this stuff while chatting and other things and get used to it...and mistakenly start doing same things in official emails, mails and other parts of your life also... i have avoided quite a number of tight spots because Microsoft Word has a dictionary and am forced toinstall a diction in my browser also
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• India
16 Jan 07
i agree with you,even i had the same experience
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
im glad we are doing things to save our vocabulary. thanks to all here, most of you are given plus.. ^_^ take care everyone.
@korek222 (702)
• Poland
15 Jan 07
Well this is a good picture of an ancient book :)  - Well this is a good picture of an very ancient book - i must say they had a very beautiful books back then :)
When i first started my journey with the cellular phones i was almost always using the shortcuts since i was crazy messager - i was sending tons of the messages almost every day ,almost all of them were made by using shortcuts which i can't show here since my language is a bit strange (Polish) for you :) But when i got use to having cellular phone and to send messages i started to send less and less and to write more and more words and not even use the shortcuts. Since it was in the time the the dictionary feature was not really an option i could only write by myself what took quite long enough to fully focus on what i want to write and what to say to other person. And since that day nothing really changed - i write short messages with full words cause i must say i like it more than shorcuts :)
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
wonderful thought, i gave you plus..
@xair88 (80)
• Pakistan
15 Jan 07
I think it affects us alot! When I used to text without using the dictionary, i found that my writing and typing sufferred alot. I would write the same way that I would SMS or chat with someone. But when I left all of that, I saw that everythin was improving. We all wana type fast, but its better to type the right way than damage your skills!
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
thanks for this.
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• India
15 Jan 07
i dont think tat they act makes us poor in spelling..they act make us a lot more trendy n gives us an oppurtunity to express ourselves in mim words req...
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@korek222 (702)
• Poland
15 Jan 07
well i wouldn't call it to be trendy to use shortcuts - it is more difficult to use full words so it should be trendy ^^
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@rye_ter (257)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
yup, i believe you. texting do make people lazy and dumb on proper use of grammar.
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• India
16 Jan 07
I don't think it makes us lazy or leads to lowering the standard of grammar. Its a matter of saving time at both ends. Since the screen is small, we can type a longer message in a smaller space and shorter time. It is being practical and not being lazy. If you take a short-cut, you don't forget the main road!
@flordz (270)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
i think for other people it is, i myself also gets so lazy in spelling the word right, but deep inside my mind i can still spell it right.
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@xionous (440)
• Belgium
16 Jan 07
in my case its not lazyness to write down the shortcuts instead its a money saving idea. so i've been always looking for more shorter ways for sms. yah it makes quite a mess with the spelling. i have never had checked my spelling coz i knew they r okay but these days im not really sure about my spelling coz for chatting and sms stuffs. so ya its bad but what else can u do to type fast or send sms that is not costly.
@Raseborg (25)
• Sweden
15 Jan 07
I think that's true...
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
There's nothing wrong with that. It's more useful especially when response is badly needed, in case of emergency, bad reception or your phone is starting to low-bat;) It's more endearing and practical rather than those who use tag-lish (tagalog mixed with english), like "d2 n me, san n u", "kain n u, busog p me." LoL So how would you prefer it?;)
@Liezel (47)
• Philippines
15 Jan 07
Yah, your right! sometimes me too, im also the one using the shortcut text because this can help to minimize the number of characters you type so that you can minimize your expense in loading your phone. thats why we have to used the shortcut text! but this can be a habbit if we practice using it.. thats why we get a poor spelling...
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@hopefoo (1145)
• Malaysia
15 Jan 07
I don't think so. With T9 dicionary system, it's easier to type the full word rather than these online jargons.
@crazy_me (588)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I believe too that "texting" affects the way we spell words. Sometimes when I write or type, I tend to use the "text spelling" instead of the proper spelling of words. At least I am old enough to know the correct spelling of those words. But what about the kids? They might grow up knowing and using the "text words" only. That is why whenever I send sms messages to my kid brother who is twelve years old, I always make it a point to spell the words completely and correctly. I do not want him to get used to using the shortcut version of the words.
@crazy_me (588)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
Sorry for double posting my comment. It was not intentional. I am still having problems with my internet connection.
@patrice7 (1192)
• United States
16 Jan 07
well i really think that the us of shortcut messaging really makes us poor in spelling since cellphone has become part of our daily lives. see everyday we text somebody to communicate our thoughst or feelings or to greet someone and to maximize the things that we say we have to use shortcuts because the characters that we can use in the cellphone are limited to what?. 200 or 300 words only. including the spaces. if we do that everyday we integrate it into ourselves and sometimes forget the correct spelling of a certain word. well actually this has happened to me. once when i took a quiz and we were told to explain a certain thing i got a low grade because i forgot to spell the words correctly. simple words mainly like you.. i used the word u. and so on.. so i guess it really does make affect us.
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
thanks for being honest and telling us how it did affect you. i am glad you shared a bit of this topic and applied a real life scenario for an example.. take care ^_^
• United States
16 Jan 07
I avoid using such shorthand in nearly all cases, thoug I will use some particular shorthands when I'm actually IMing someone on the computer, but only if I'm certain that the person I'm talking to is going to understand me. I really don't like seeing this kind of writing outside of a chat window. In a message board, you have plenty of time to type your response, and even to go over it and check to make sure you've said what you wanted to say correctly. As for the phone, it just irritates me when people use shorthand. Mostly because it can very quickly get out of hand to the point where the message becomes unreadable. I had this problem with my mother a lot (which really bothers me, because she's my MOTHER). I finally explained to her WHY it bothers me, and she's been making an effort to use proper English when she texts me. Personally, I really do feel that technology is starting to have negative effects on our writing. It's rare, nowadays, to find someone who has actually got good handwriting. It's getting to the point where chances are you'll be lucky to find someone whose handwriting is even legible! Spelling and grammar are going out the window too. I know of a book which can be found in bookstores that is written entirely in this shorthand-stuff. I picked up a copy of it once, trying to figure out what it was. Flipping through it, I was lucky to find 10 words on a page that I could actually read. I suppose it's freedom of speach and all, but that's not going to help our current problem with grammar! I don't work in a school, and I don't know anyone under the age of 16 whom I speak to on a semi-regular basis, so I can't really say a whole lot about what's going on right now, but I am very much afraid that technology is starting to ruin our understanding of our own language. Don't mind me overmuch. I suppose I sound like an old lady, don't I? Belive it or not, I'm only twenty-three.
• Philippines
30 Jan 07
dont worry i feel the same, and im only 21. ^_^
• India
15 Jan 07
Yes .. I certainly agree with you .. that people start losing their interest in correct spelling.. as followed in SMSes . . or Short Message Text.. In fact in UK .. its approved that you can write in short lingo in EXAMS .. thats really a tough decision.. Thats degrading the importance of spellings .. and that should be avoided!
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
thanks for the info, i didnt even know about this in UK, have a good day. a puls for you.
15 Jan 07
It is true. Although I tend to try and write my text messages with proper English, I only use short hand if I am trying to squeeze the message into one text. I find that I have to be careful as well when I am sending a business email, you have to change the kind of language you use from that you would use emailing a friend. The latter is a lot more casual. I think the main problem would be the increase of children that use mobile phones- they are a new generation and see this kind of messaging as the "norm". However, older people have come from an age where texting was not used and so have more of a grounding when it comes to spelling and grammer. To be honest with you, I find this kind of short hand irritating and immature!
• Philippines
16 Jan 07
im glad you see the sides and see how much it affect us, thanks for being honest. i gave you plus.
@w32worm (287)
• India
30 Jan 07
Good day! For me call charges are low but feel good in messages.
@w32worm (287)
• India
30 Jan 07
wel some ppl have lost control over spelling. but when u send txt messages u have a restriction tht u need to send only this much character long text. so you can utilize it too. but it doesnt mean u can lose control over spelling. if u r good at spelling then it wont make u poor. so message shortly lol. Good day!
• Thailand
30 Jan 07
SMS is so popular this days that people is used to enter a word in shortcut. Acquiring this habit tend to make us forget the correct spelling of a word. Sometimes people is so used in entering short messages that they tend to disregard the correct spelling of a word completely.
• United States
30 Jan 07
I agree with you. txt makes us poor spelling because we liek our words shortcut, so that we can put lots of sentence in one txt.
@crazy_me (588)
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
I believe too that "texting" affects the way we spell words. Sometimes when I write or type, I tend to use the "text spelling" instead of the proper spelling of words. At least I am old enough to know the correct spelling of those words. But what about the kids? They might grow up knowing and using the "text words" only. That is why whenever I send sms messages to my kid brother who is twelve years old, I always make it a point to spell the words completely and correctly. I do not want him to get used to using the shortcut version of the words.