Does Texting Hurt Kids’ Grammar?

Just about everyone who texts tends to at least occasionally use shorthand and a variety of abbreviations for words. But, does this shortened language of “text-speak” have a negative effect on students’ grammar skills? According to a recent study, it sure does, reports Education Week.

Researchers at Penn St. University surveyed 228 6th, 7th and 8th grade students on the amount of texts they sent and received. They then followed up that survey with a grammar test focused on punctuation, possessives, apostrophes and comma usage. Perhaps not surprisingly, The study found that the more often a student sent and received text messages using text-speak, the worse their grammar was.