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Textinghas Positive Effects

Textingis a popular means of communicating with people in differentsituations. Text messages can be sent at anytime and anywhere. It isthe most preferable means of communicating in quite settings and inareas where people are not allowed to talk aloud. This is because atext message involves touching the buttons and sending a messagewithout making any form of noise. In some places, it is unethical toreceive phone calls hence, text messages acts as the best way ofcommunicating. For instance, it is unethical to receive or make callsin a classroom, a meeting or in a library. In such a case, it isadvisable to communicate using text messages as they do not disturbthe serenity of others. Texting is a great way of communicating withothers at one’s own pace and time. Thus, texting has positiveeffects.

Accordingto David Crystal, a reckoned scholar, texting is a great way ofcommunication. He claims that internet and the role it has on textingprovides people with a great opportunity to expand on theirlinguistic capabilities. Every time a new technology sets in, peoplebecome alarmed because they think that it will destroy linguistics.Texting is not exempted. People are just skeptical about its new rolein communication however, it does not kill language. One of the mainelements on texting is that it uses abbreviations, which helps insaving the sender’s time and effort. Just like any other code,these abbreviations have become an empowering badge of identity thatdistinguishes a certain group of people. People have always playedall types of language games for fun and for their own satisfaction.This is the same with texting. It provides new possibilities forcreative language games. Texting convections such as numerals,acronyms, pictograms, symbol omissions are some of the commonelements that come along with texting. They also vary acrossdifferent cultures and languages making each distinct group unique toanother (Crystal 71).

Textingmakes communication easy and convenient especially for a group ofpeople with similar interests. For instance, companies may alert itsemployees on new developments or meetings using text messages.Likewise, a group of students inform each other of any news throughtext messages (Crystal 80). One person may send a similar textmessage to a group of people with similar interests. This is mucheasier and cheaper than calling a group of people to inform them onany proceedings. Additionally, people who live far from each othercan use text messages to reconnect and share their experiences. Textscan also be used to build a relationship or sharing ideas betweenpeople. They can also be used to relief stress and encourage lovedones. For instance, a person who is depressed and all alone at homemay get relief by sharing his/her grievances with a far away caringfriend. There are several instances where people get consolation orget connected to their friends using text messages.

Onthe other hand, John McWhorter and same minded people believe thattexting is associated with the downfall of written word. According tothis view, text messages are written in a fashion that is differentfrom good writing. People use symbols that they are likely to confuseeven when writing proper and professional language. This trend isalso affecting spoken language. People tend to speak in a languagesimilar to that used in text messages. For instance, the term LOL hasbecome a common sign in texting. Initially, this text was used tomean laughing out loud. However, people abuse it and use it even whenit is not necessary. It has become a common method of communicationeven when it is out of text (McWhorter).

Evenso, written language is different from spoken language. People mayuse codes in writing that are different from what they use in writingcompositions and speaking. This means that people speak differentlyfrom how they text or write. Text messages are short messagesintended to be read and understood at once. As such, texting is a wayof communication using keypad and fingers but not speaking orwriting. Thus, texting does not kill language instead, it opens newways of easy communication (Crystal 85).

Despitethe controversies surrounding texting, it is evident that it haspositive effects. It has made communication easier and much faster.Texting is one way of developing language in the realm of dynamictechnological world. People can share important news within a shorttime thanks to texting. Additionally, friends who are far away fromeach other reconnect even without meeting physically. Whenever atechnological advancement comes into being, people always fear thatit will bring in undesirable results. However, this is not true inall cases there are several instances where technologicaladvancements help in enhancing the existing system of communication.Therefore, people need not be alarmed about the insinuation thattexting is killing the current language. Without doubt, embracingtexting is for the benefit of all.

WorksCited

Crystal,David. Txtng:The Gr8 Db8.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Internet Resource.

McWhorter,John. Is Texting Killing the English Language? 2013. Web. 29September 2014.http://ideas.time.com/2013/04/25/is-texting-killing-the-english-language/