Cingel, Drew P., and Shyam S. Sundar. “Texting, Techspeak, and Tweens: The Relationship Between Text Messaging and English Grammar Skills.” New Media & Society 14.8 (2012): 1304-20. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
Cingel states that the increased use of text messaging among adolescents has weakened their comprehension of their respective languages. Furthermore, Cingel claims that texting has even had impacts on the English Language as a whole in that the language has evolved in terms of capitalization rules and abbreviations because of text shorthand. These assertions are relevant to our topic of culture, society, and the individual and more importantly my communications major because nothing is more significant to our society or more key to our communication than the English language. With the seemingly year after year increase of the amount of people texting, our language as a whole could eventually undergo major changes simply because of our texting.
Dansieh, Solomon Ali. “SMS Texting And Its Potential Impacts On Students’ Written Communication Skills.” International Journal of English Linguistics 1.2 (2011): 222-229. Print.
In this journal, Dansieh argues that texting has a negative correlation with teens’ grammar skills in that the more a child texts, the lower their grammar skills are. His evidence, while not very empirical (It is mainly teacher surveys), is very convincing. Human’s advanced communication is largely what makes us the most dominant species in the world and while I’m not going as far to say that if our society continues its constant texting we will become increasingly incompetent, I am agreeing with Dansieh that our grammar skills could take a major hit down the road.
Ling, Rich. “Texting as a Life Phase Medium.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 15.2 (2010): 277-92. Web. 29 Sept. 2013.
This study explores how the amount of texting done by each age group has become increasingly stable over time. That is to say that people in their twenties all text around the same amount and people in their sixties all text around the same amount. The main point lies in the fact that the graph takes a major jump during the adolescent ages, suggesting that texting has now become a phase of sorts for our society’s youth. This source fits well into our research topic and my communications major because it shows how are society is not only influenced by texting, but that this type of communication has become an integral part in our culture and stages of life.