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Textinghas Positive Effect

Textingis composing or sending a briefly written electronic message betweentwo or more devices connected through a network. The text messaginghas revolutionized over the decades until the modern times when themessages sent can include videos, images, or sound content. As such,this paper aims at discussing the positive effectives of the text tothe one sending or receiving the message.

Asdiscussed by Rosenet al. (420-440), textmessages are written in a fashion that is different from good writingas they shorten the communication words, resulting to the increase ofinformal writing. This helps in shaping the young adults towardsbecoming good informal writers or thinkers. The language used towrite text messages is fashionable, meaning it is written dependingon the languages that is understandable to a certain age groups or atspecific times since some words are shortened to the ones that couldbe understood by the recipient. Satin(10) described JohnHamilton McWhorter as an author who believed on the relationshipbetween race and language. Satin also noted that McWhorter believedtextingis associated with the downfall of written word. The use offashionable language in writing texts involves even using symbolsthat are only understood by the corresponding receiver and sender. Asa result, it promotes the creation of the information language insuch a way that affects how people speak. For example, the term LOLhas become a common acronym of the words laughing out loud. However,people abuse it when using it to mean different words such as “lotsof love” or “lots of luck.”

Evenso, written language is different from spoken language people mayuse codes in writing to save space and costs of communicating viatexts. The language used in texting is different from the spoken onesince it is intended to deliver a message after being read andunderstood without further clarifications. I this regards, the textmessage should be written in the shortest and simplest languagepossible for the recipient to understand it promptly.

However,texting is a way of communication using keypad and fingers but notspeaking or writing, thereby leading to a cause and effect ofproviding an advanced form of communication. As such, texting doesnot kill language but opens new ways of easy communication (Crystal85). Despite the controversies surrounding texting, it is evidentthat it has numerous positive effects including making thecommunication easier and much faster. Texting is one way ofdeveloping language in the technological world where people can shareimportant news within a short time. In addition, texting connectsfriends who are far away from each other even without meetingphysically (Ishii 346). Whenever a technological advancement comesinto being, people always fear that it will bring in something theydo not like. However, this is untrue in this case as there areseveral instances where technological breakthrough has led todevelopment of various system of communication. Therefore, peopleneed not be alarmed about the hint that texting is killing thecurrent language. Without doubt, embracing texting is for the benefitof all.

Unfortunately,texting may also have negative effectives such as sex-texting wheresexual messages are prevalently sent, sending texts that plans aboutsocial unrest, texting while driving or walking, as well as sendinghate messages (Kennedy, 2014). Such negative effects of texting maynot deteriorate the benefits brought by this type of communicationsince most of them are personal responsibilities (Shuter &ampChattopadhyay 123). Maintaining moral values and responsibilities maynot cause the highlighted negative effects of texting.

Inconclusion, texting brought several benefits than problems to thesocial and technological world. For example, connecting people fromdifferent geographical locations, influencing the growth of informalwriting and communication, as well as providing instant messagingacross the world are some of the benefits. It is apparent that thefew negative effects are caused personal ignorance or irresponsiblebehaviors. Therefore, the study achieves its notions by reviewingvarious literal materials as well as personal knowledge about thetopic. The future research includes finding out about the costeffectiveness of using texting method of communication.


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