So, text messaging can be a good thing?

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Text messaging/SMS takes a lot of rap these days, for instance:

  • texting and driving causes accidents
  • texting and walking disasters (i.e. fountain incident, manhole incident)
  • arthritis potential
  • hampers communication skill development

 

And that is just to name a few…

However, a study by Coventry University revealed a new positive, children who text actually improve their spelling. Apparently, the extra exposure to reading print combined with the phonetics of “textisms” can actually benefit, not hamper spelling skills. Where I see how text messaging could benefit spelling is even with auto-correct, you have to be close on how to spell the word. However, that is not the reasons this study found.

Do you believe this business? Can texting really help children spell?

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