Misspelled words. No capital letters. Missing punctuation. People with smartphones know that these are common in text messages. But would you write that way in a school essay?
Many teachers worry that too much texting might cause kids to develop bad writing habits. Some people think using incorrect spelling and grammar in texts is fine for adults but not for kids. After all, kids are still learning how to write well.
Other people argue that kids realize texting has different rules than the writing they do for school. Plus, a study from the Netherlands suggests there’s nothing to worry about. Researchers found that texting regularly doesn’t hurt kids’ writing. In fact, the more shortcuts kids used in texts, the better they performed on grammar tests.