Texting Has Positive Effect

TextingHas Positive Effect

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Crystal, David.&nbspTxtng: the Gr8 Db8. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.

The author undertakes a comprehensive examination of the text-messaging phenomenon, as well as the impact that it has on society, language, and literacy. Crystal examines the world of texting and comes up with considerably controversial and surprising conclusions pertaining to the same. He stated that young people who spend a large proportion of their time texting seem to be unwilling or even incapable of writing anything else. Crystal’s analysis is primarily based on certain questions. First, he asks whether the levels of texting among young people are as high as people think. On the same note, he wonders whether adults also use text-messaging, and whether these acts spell an end to literacy. This question is based on concerns voiced in varied media outlets criticizing texting as sadly shorthand, bleak and bald, while others see it as covering up mental laziness, dyslexia and poor spelling.

Crystal also creates a distinction between texting and what he calls “txtng”, where the former is done by infrequent and aging users of text-messaging capabilities of mobile phones using wholly standard written forms. Crystal, however, concentrates more on the latter as it comes with novel communicative symbols such as vowel-free words, acronyms, letter number combinations, as well as emoticons.

Crystal acknowledges that txtng is primarily done by teenagers. It is his analysis of “what” and “why” that is most interesting. He states that txtng goes beyond informative uses to other personal relationships including gossip, flirtation, ending relationships, seeking assistance, collective action. Regarding “why”, Crystal notes that txtng (or textese) saves time and energy for the sender, while also giving individuals the badge of identity that distinguishes them from other people who are not in the know.


Crystal,David.&nbspTxtng:the Gr8 Db8.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.