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is txting ruining ur writing?!

If you’re like many people, you've probably sent a text message like the one above—with abbreviated words and incorrect punctuation. After all, it’s just a text to a friend. She’ll understand what you mean. But would you write a sentence like this on a test or in an essay for school?

Some experts worry that too much texting and posting on social media will ruin kids’ grammar. After all, Americans send roughly 26 billion text messages every day. That adds up to a lot of textisms—the type of relaxed grammar and shortened spelling often used in texts. Experts are concerned that kids’ spelling and writing skills will weaken over time.

But others say there’s nothing to worry about. In a study of 10- to 13-year-olds, researchers found that most kids who used textisms still used proper grammar where it counts—in schoolwork.

Here's what two of our readers think.

When kids text, we’re trying to communicate quickly. So we don’t really care if our spelling or grammar is correct. But kids can get used to this way of writing. If so, they might forget the proper way to write and spell when they go to write a book report or an essay.

A lot of times, we don’t even use words when we text—we use emojis. If you never have to write words out, your spelling skills will suffer.

Just because kids take shortcuts while texting doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten how to spell. I shorten words in texts all the time. But I still get good grades in English class because I know when to use proper grammar.

In fact, texting might actually be improving my spelling! When I spell a word wrong, my phone autocorrects it and shows me the correct spelling, so I know for next time.

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