I recently read a blog post written by my good friend and peer, Tara O’Connor. In her post, Tara presented a concern about common texting techniques. Tara explored the idea that when we text, because it is not face to face communication, we often at times misinterpret messages.
Tara stated: ” I realized that how you deliver the content of your text messages really is important about how people receive and understand what you’re trying to say. And this doesn’t just apply in romantic relationships – it applies to ALL relationships that you have with people in written electronic communication.”
For instance, many people shorten words to send faster messages. Instead of typing out “okay,” some individuals may type just the letter “k.” However, one might perceive that as short and then think the person is annoyed or angry at them.
After reading Tara’s post, however, I began to think about how we actually text grammatically. Has anyone noticed how grammatically incorrect a single text message can be? I mean…it’s kind of bad! When some of my friends text, I feel like they need to go back to basic grammar in elementary school. Come on guys!
Now, I would be the first to admit that I am very much guilty of this as well. I too have had my grammatical slip ups. But there are many individuals that I know who make the same grammatical mistakes in every text message.
So the question is…is technology and the reliance of autocorrect making us less smarter?
I am not too sure if it is necessarily making us less smarter…maybe just more lazy? But with the access to high technological equipment, we are shortening words, making grammatical mistakes, and sending poor messages.
So why does this all matter?
I fear that simple grammatical mistakes that we make in text messages will carry over into important documents (i.e. papers, e-mails, letters, memos) where grammar does matter. And I fear this will affect my generation and every generation to come.
Out of my own curiosity, I searched the web and found an article that listed the most common grammatical mistakes made in a text message. These included mixing up words….
1. Your and You’re
2. It is and It’s
3. There, Their, and They’re
4. Too, Two, and To
In regards to fixing this growing problem…I am not too sure honestly. Maybe we need to stress grammar a lot more at a younger age in school? Maybe students should enroll in grammar boot camp? Who knows!
Either way, the sad part in all of this…I myself have probably made a few grammar mistakes in this blog post. Feel free to comment if I did!