How texting has transformed language

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We have become a generation that talks through our phones. My Grandparents are constantly telling us off for using phones at the dinner table, whilst walking or even watching television. It only dawned on me the other day, when reading a funny article they sent me about young people being attached to their phones, that we were not living in the present.

Constantly looking at our phones is a distraction meaning we are failing to engage in real-life conversations. This eventually will lead to poor communication skills and make us turn into robots. Just sitting on the London Underground is a brilliant example of this. There are hundreds of people on each train, yet everyone sits there in awkward silence, headphones in and head down looking at our little screens.

What is this effect of this on us? Is it decreasing our ability to engage in everyday conversation?

Many people blame poor grammar, abbreviations and bad spelling on the rise of text messaging. But now, instead of just sending a simple message we can now send emojis to express how we are feeling. Texting has become another language. Does this now mean we are bilingual in both English and Text?

Through language, we express our emotions and how we are feeling. An emoji provides us with a way of expressing emotion through our little screens.

Listen to this Ted Talk clip by linguist John McWhorter, discussing the effect of texting on written language.

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