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Does texting have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other arena

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I think that yes, texting does have an effect on people when they talk orally or write it down. For example, its real annoying and sounds stupid when someone says orally, "lol". You sound like an idiot and some people don't even know what your saying. And also, if your writing some big final essay, you might get caught up into it and write like you would text something, like "omg" or "r" instead of "are". We get too used to texting.

Side: yes
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Yeah, saying "lol" or "omg" is pretty lame to say out loud. Hah.

Side: yes
1 point

I know, when people do that, it makes me want to hit them. It is so annoying.

Side: yes

So I shouldn't be saying that say, at work, in the office, especially since I'm a grown man? OMG! What have I done?

Side: yes
3 points

Yes, I think texting does have some bad effects on your writing abilities. For example, when you go to write an essay, you might inadvertently write 'u' instead of 'you'. I think that most people can keep this under control though, so I really don't think it's that big of a deal. Just know that you are doing a formal paper or whatever you might be doing and write in the correct manner. It's not that hard.

Side: yes
3 points

Yes, I think texting has adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other arena.

We are taught that we are not to write the way we talk. In texting we type exactly how we talk. Sometimes we even use abbreviations such as "lol", "ttyl" etc.

More times than not, we get used to the way we text, (since we do it so often) and we start writing and/or speaking like that, too.

Now, instead of laughing, someone might literally say "lol".

Side: yes
3 points

I honestly believe that, yes, texting does have adverse effects. I'm not saying this just because I don't have a cell phone and want one, I say this because I have had a cell phone and I texted almost non stop, I got to the point where if I didn't text people back almost immediately, they thought something was wrong, even during school. Now, I regret having that because many people, especially my close friends, have noticed that I have an even harder time talking to someone unless it is in Instant Messaging or E-mails, and I know if i had texting I would be doing that constantly, and it's not just me, there are many others I have seen become more isolated and their main means of communication is texting. Also, in some of my classes we have to read and grade other people's writing, and it bugs me immensely when someone uses "text-speak" in their writing, or even IM-ing me. I also think it effects people's spelling and grammar, because when you text you don't need to know how to spell, nor do you need to even really make grammatical sense. Most kids, and some adults, have problems spelling and I think it is because either they just don't care about actually sounding intelligent, or they don't realize they don't know how to spell something because when you are texting it doesn't matter if you spell right, or use proper grammar.

Side: yes
2 points

When people constantly communicate by texting when you come face to face with somebody telling them something can be really hard. You might not think about it but everything is so much easier to talk about if you aren’t face to dace with that person. Specially when it comes to talking about a hard subject. When you text you don’t have to see there reactions which makes you feel a little better. But it shouldn’t be that way face to face conversations should be the way to tell anyone anything good or bad.

Side: yes
2 points

Yes, texting does have an effect on one's ability to communicate. I believe that the simplified words and in formalities worsen your writing abilities. When writing, you might have the tendency to forget commas and other punctuation rules. Young kids growing up with cell phones, text all the time and I hardly ever text. I think that it will slower their learning when texting because their foundation is filled with all these short hand words.

Side: yes
2 points

I believe that it can and does affect how one communicates in the real world. I can remember when I wrote a paper and spell checked it, and realized that I had said "ic" instead of "I see".

Side: yes
2 points

It actually does. I mean after I finished a text messge, I would usually write like I am texting for example instead of writing down I laughed, I would right down lol or roflmfao. People just get used to texting alot that they forget that they are supposed to be writing in complete sentences.

Side: yes
1 point

i think texting does effect your spelling and ability to communicate, for example whenever im writing something i always think im texting so i use numbers in place of words such as "4real" or "2moro". I also think it effects my ability to communicate not in person but on the phone i rather not talk with anyone i rather text.

Side: yes
moosh2009(11) Disputed
2 points

Whether you know it or not it also affects whether you capitalize your "I"s or not.

Side: No
1 point

I do believe texting effects most person's abilities to comunicate other ways. For example, when I write an essay I sometimes abbreviate words or shorten them. I havent noticed anything in my speech but I do believe it can damage our writing skills and maybe even our spelling skills. Sometimes I spell the word "your" as "ur" or instead of writing "you" we use just the letter "u".

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I think texting would some effect to one’s ability to communicate. For one, I don’t have texting on my plan so it’s practically not a problem for me. If I were to text, though, I would spell out what I mean so that I wouldn’t make myself look dumb.

Like for example, if you’re writing an essay; you’d probably have those times when the grammar is totally off if you’re so used to texting a lot. Writing longer words shorter just to get the word or point across to you friends, etc. (This goes for the acronyms “lol” and so on.) Maybe even you have a slang way to spell the word “like” as “lyke” or whatnot. They do work for getting ideas across better to a friend, but once it’s a formal environment when your grammar would be watched, then it’d be best not to use that type of lingo.

Side: yes

Although I would like to say no, since we all text, I do think that texting has an adverse effect on our ability to write and talk proper. For example, when we are writing in class we begin forgetting to capitalize, to use punctuation, how to spell, and so on. When we talk we start talking in slang instead of in proper English. The whole reason for this is because we let the phone do the work for us.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, texting can have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other arenas. For example, sometimes when I am writing on paper I write ur, or o, or even a for hey. Although I always catch myself, erase it and move on its not really a big deal for me. But now when ever I hear people walking down the hall at school saying OMG, LOL, and LMAO I think they sound really dumb. Why would you want to talk like that anyways? Also it depends on the phone you have because my phone has a keyboard on it, so it helps me improve my typing skills when I text which to a chicken pecker like me is an A+.

Side: yes
1 point

I think texting does have an effect on one's writing skills because, when you are texting, you write in shorthand instead of full sentences and after awhile, your brain thinks that is the way how to write. Does texting effect you orally, I don't think it does because, people speak differently and I don't think that writing has to deal with the way that you speak. It might, it might not. O.o

Side: yes
1 point

I agree with you, however Daniel, a lot of people here (think about the people at lunch). Also, nice example there with the eye thing.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that it dose effect the ability to communicate. In texting you try to shorten the words and sometimes i have seen that when someone is writing an essay they don't notice it but some people tend to shorten some words and when they turn in their work they notice that they got a low grade because the way that they wrote or they had shorten some words. Also when speaking they don't use proper English they tend to use like a slang of English.

Side: yes
1 point

I would say yes, it have an effect on alot of people because many of use want to write everything the short way, and then when it comes time for people to write a paper they don't want to take to time to write the whole word

Side: yes
1 point

Do you mean kind of how it messes with your grammer and makes you not really make sense?

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does effect you in some way. Like when you are doing an assignment you accidentally write as if you were sending a text message.

Side: yes
1 point

I strongly agree that texting has a bad effect on most people's ability to communicate. My reason for this is because a few of my friends that I see almost everyday texts me using "wat" instead of the correct word "what". Mostly its not just texting its even in essays because people get so used to texting incorrectly they think its right. But at the same time I think its easier for the person to text by abbreviations than texting correctly.

Side: yes
1 point

In my opinion I think it does have effect someone’s writing. A lot of them are used to write it in a shorter way. For example, the word “you”, instead they put “u”, or “why”-“y”. I know this because I do it as well. When ever I have to write an essay or type an essay, I sometimes write it like that. Is just that we are so used to it, we don’t realize it when we are writing.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes I think texting have adverse effects on the ability to communicate in other arena.

I say this because when you get so use to texting then it get time to write an essay in school you want to use all the slang words, or maybe just shorten the words like "texting" when you text you will put "txt". Its kind of hard when you talking to that person face to face then you start talking slang. Then when its time for you to go to an interview or something you will start talking unprofessional. but to you its like you sound professional but you really don't...

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does affect people in a bad way. But not to all people, I thinks its just the people who tend to shorten the words. So like when you’re going to write an essay or something, maybe you get like confused and misspelled words, it has happened to me in the past. And I don’t think it affects you when you’re talking, because it’s pronounce the same way, but there’s different ways of writing them.

Side: yes
1 point

In some peoples cases it does affect them because they're used to cutting down the words or misspelling them from texting. But when they are speaking orally I don't think it has any effect because you can't really tell if they are misspelling the word when they are talking directly to you, but in forms of writing I think that it does have an effect.

Side: yes
1 point

I dont believe that texting makes you dumber or any less of a communicator but I do believe it does get in the way of being social around the dinner table or when there are problems,for example the family is sitting down at the dinner table and there carying on a coversation and the get to mary sue and with her head down looking as if she is talking to her croch, and fingers texting away she says "hold on a sec", or doesnt even say anything at all because she is to busy texting, this happens all the time and well it can get in the way sometimes of carying on a conversation with the immidiate people around you. It just seems kind of stupid when the person your texting is sitting right next to you so in a way i guess it does kinda make you stupider because those kinds of people are ridiculous, I mean you could just whisper it into the persons ear instead of texting it.

Side: yes
1 point

I believe texting does have a negative effect on my communicating skills. A lot of the time when I am writing a paper for school, I find myself writing "u" instead of "you". I am so accustomed to abbreviating words, I find it to be natural and automatically misspell. Not only that, with t9 a lot of word are spelled for me and just like spellchecking checks spelling for me, with out them I would be a horrible speller.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that it does have an effect on the way people write and spell but not how they speak. A main reason I believe that texting effects how people write and spell is because once you do something on a regualr basis you get use to it. If someone is always texting and spell things like "r", "wuts up", and "im goin out" the person may know how to spell those words correctly but over time may forget or just not even pay attention and spell things wrong anyways which can also effect a persons grammar.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other arenas other than texting. A person gets so used to texting that they forget when they're not and go ahead and write as if they were. I'm a person who texts a lot, and I myself go through it sometimes.

Side: yes
1 point

Texting does have an adverse effect. Depending on the way phones are devised you can only use one or 2 thumbs (as opposed to using a computer keyboard which requires use of both hands and is much faster), so a lot of people use shorthand abbreviation to make their messages shorter. The shorthand dumbs down people's minds with very simple words, like "lol" or "r" for are, or "luv" for love. Makes little room to learn higher level things.

Also some people become so addicted to texting that people rely more on texting for communication rather than talking, for example the girl from California who sent 10,000+ messages in one month because she relied more texting than talking with her friends even when they were right next to her at parties.

Side: yes
1 point

I believe that texting does have an effect on our ability to communicate. Just because one person is fine with writting an essay after texting, it doesn't mean that other people are okay with it. From what I have seen, texting dumbs us down so we can get a message across within a limit of characters or just because you are lazy.

Side: No
1 point

In my opinion i think it does effect you in someway on your spelling because your so used to using short words. Like when your writing on a paper for school and you accidentally misspell somthing and you don't go back and check it.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I think texting have an effect on one's ability to communicate while writing a formal paper or in other arena. They get used to texting all the time,they don't know that they are actually writing them short phrases in their essay. Like for example, they would mixed up with the letter "U" instead of writing it's right form YOU. So, yeah this does effect them and they should stop texting while doing their work unless their really good at it.

Side: yes
1 point

I think texting is a good way to communicate with one another because some people may be doing something and they rather text than talk on the phone. Some people love texting. There may be people that dont know how to text and they rather communicate by talking on the phone or go out and talk to them in person.

Side: yes
1 point

I believe it's different for each individual. Most of my friends live for texting and when it comes time to communicate orally and to write formally, they start using their slang terms unconsciously. As for me, I don't have that problem. I text a lot, maybe not as much as others, but when it comes to communicating, I know how to communicate professionally and properly.

Side: yes

I agree that texting has an adverse effect on one’s ability to communicate in other arenas. Whenever I am texting I never use complete sentences, or use punctuation, and that sometimes affects my ability to communicate. There are times when I'm writing, and I don’t use the right grammar and I have to go back and fix my mistakes.

Side: yes
1 point

I think it does have an effect on your abilities of your writting and communication with others. Many people don't know how to spell some words and they just spell them the way they sound. I think if people keep using texting they going to forget how to spell and their grammar is going to be worse.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I think that our generation is so used to texting that it effects how well we can spell and write. Also, when people say things like "omg", it makes them look uneducated.

Side: yes
1 point

Texting does have adverse effects on the way we do other writing activities. For example, you have a writing assignment in an English class and the way you think and type on the keys of your phones would be completely different than the proper way that we should be typing out the entire word and the way it should be spelled and the meanings of the word and the quality of the human vocabulary has been reduce due to the amensed amount of texting power in the world.

Side: yes
1 point

I belive it does because you get use to see the way the word is wrhitten down a lot of times that whenever you have to whrite something important you will probably get confused or will not know the correct spelling of the word, or simply forget and just whrite it the way you text

Side: yes
1 point

Even though you may think texting does not affect your writing, it does. Say you just finished texting all your friends and then you have an essay to do for English, well first of all you’re writing will not be so perfect nor will you use big words in your essay. I mean who uses innocuous in a text message, also when your texting theirs a lot of abbreviation and sometimes you forget what the root word was. Besides miss spelling words text message can also affect your emotions. For insistence, what if you receive a sad text message right before the English essay you will lose concentration and not do so well.

Side: yes
1 point

I would say yes.

I am not an obsessive texter its not my thing, when i do i sometimes catch myself using "text lingo" out loud when i talk, like in situations when i laugh at something i once found myself replacing my laughter with the letters "lol" not cool. I Think that the people who text a little more than me would probably use more "text lingo" speaking. Thats not a good thing because they will get used to it and forget to correct themselves till it becomes routine.

Side: yes
1 point

To the weak mind, the texting vocabulary becomes more profound. Meaning, there are some people who type like this, "i thnk dat ur kool", and they do this on their school assignments not even realizing it and not seeing a problem with it because they are so used to typing, or texting, in that manner. It's kind of sad. If you've ever seen the movie Idiocracy, I think it pertains some truth to the future of man kind. So yes, to some people the effects of texting can be adverse.

Side: yes
1 point

I think texting has affected me negatively when it comes to trying to communicate orally or writing formally. Since texting is a quick way to message others, there are many forms for words. Therefore there is too much slang and ruins a persons vocabulary as well as their writing skills. Instead of writing "what" texters use "wat" and really diminishes their writing and as well as their pronunciation of words in a conversation. So texting does give you bad habits and can affect you greatly.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I do believe that texting has an adverse effete on ones ability to communicate in other arena's, because there are times when I am typing an essay and instead of putting the word that's supposed to be there I'm putting in abbreviations and the words I would put in a text message. For instance "U" instead of "You" and "b" instead of "be", and those are just simple letters. So yes, it does have an effect in other arena's, but I believe that it could also improve ones typing, because if you can text then you should be able to type just as fast as your hands move on the keys on your phone.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does have effects on how you communicate vocally and in writing formally. For example, when people text they get used to breaking down the words and using smaller one's in replace. If you were to do that vocally to someone that is giving you an interview for a job, that probably wouldn’t look good. Also if you were to write an essay and you were really caught up on it then you probably would most likely make errors on it because of your texting. So it all comes down on how careful you are when speaking correctly and writing.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes! No doubt texting has a great affect oustide of cellphone useage. Whether you are writing a report or speaking to a professor theres an urge to speek or write in texting format. Even if you control the urge and write a proper sentence, the urge alone is an effect. Think of it like muscle memory. Your muscles get used to performing one way, then suddenly you need to act differently. Your mind will be diverted from thinking about your essay to thinking about writing correctly. For some it may be easier, but any extreme texter cant say it doesnt affect their literacy outside of texting. That is if you dont text properly.

Side: yes
1 point

I agree that texting has adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other arenas. Not so much verbally that comes natural to me but if we are speaking formally than yes it does affect it because people don't usually use proper English when they text. The area where I feel it most affects me is when I'm writing. I tend to spell words the way I would in a text message.

Side: yes
1 point

I think testing does have an affect on some people when they talk to there teacher or writing an essay because you might end up saying "omg" to your teachers or in your essay and thats gonna fail some people but it also depends on how long you text and if your testing while doing your school work then it will really interfere.

Side: yes
1 point

I would have to say yes it does because, it want you to take shortcuts when you writing something.You know like when you want to write 2day in an text but some people also write 2day in they papers or essay, because they are so use of writing like that on their phone or online. But the correct term is to write today. The reason why people may write like this on their paper or essays because it faster to them. They are use to texting so fast on their phone. So they text so much so what they do is just let it carry over into they writing skills. Because they text so much they just can't tranfer over into they profeesinal writing skills.

Side: yes
1 point

Texting is only the tip on the ice burg we as a society have slowly become dependant on technology and has taken a dramatic effect on our communication. Texting has become the new talking and thus we have lost a sense of connection with reality with others. Deep meaning full moments such as asking out the girl you like to tragic news such as the passing of a love one we recieve all this through text. This then translate to our communication we lose a personal connection and would rather text our friends thus when you really need to talk to someone you seem out of place. I know when I recieve a phone call even now from most of my friends im not shock but just short of that. This even translates itself to the way we write many can agree as even I do this, I will be writing and will catch myself making shorter words such as Be4, U, lol, gtg, and so on. This is a terrible thing and a tragic side effect could be similar to 1984 as this has become our "NEWSPEAK." I could not see myself doing anything else but texting but the fact that it has an effect on the person's communication skills is undeniable

Side: yes
1 point

Yes I belive that texting has a negative effect on other means of communication because when you text so offten you get in a routine spelling in short-hand and it's is hard for some people to go back speeking in proper english.

Side: yes
1 point

Sadly yes, even though it sounds ludicrous that texting could have negative effects on your speech, it is true, and happens more often then not. It's kind of like how in 1984 the government teaches the citizens how to use "Newspeak", which is a way of speaking in short, depreciated way. The same process applies with texting which obviously takes a toll on our speech.

Side: yes
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I text quite often, and I don't usually get my oral writing, and my texting mixed up.

Texting is going on all the time. I would say that most people do text. Probably 28 out of 30 people in this class text. I think that the "texting language" has become so diverse that most people know what you're talking about. But, texting is a part of technology, and technology is only going to keep growing and getting more and more advanced.

Side: No
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Yes I think that it have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate because you are so used to typing words or sentences in short form that it makes you hard to communicate in normal way.They usually use word like"lol" or "omg" that would sound stupid and if we say it orally. Typing words in short form may save much time but it effects the vocabolary like using " donno" for "don't know", "u" for "you" or any other words.

It greatly effects the writing ability of students that they make mistakes even writing a simple paper. It greatly effects their grade due to this.If this goes on this might effect their communicating skiils because they are so used to texting to people than talking to them face to face.

Side: yes

Yes, I believe texting does have and affect on the way we commmunicate. I think that is not as much as when you communicate orally but it does on your writing. You get used to making words shorter and easy to text such are "u" for "you" and leaving out the g's on words like "doin". Some people say it doesn't effect but just by writing an english paper you begin to write as if you was texting and you dont even realise.

Side: yes
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I say yes texting does have an effect on one's ability to communicate in other arenas. One reason is because when are talking to someone verbally things like lol or omg would be pretty stupid to use out loud. Another example would be like writing a paper for a class. It wouldnt be the same for me because i use the number 2 for the word to and the number 4 for the word for and other things like that when i text. So if im writing a paper it would effect me because i cant do that on a paper that i have to write for a teacher. So that is why i say yes it would effect me and other people when trying to communicate in other arenas.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that it does because when you do something a lot of times it becomes a habit. Since most people text all the time they get in the habit of shorting words or saying abbreviations. Some people say LOL out loud and to me there is no sense in that because talking is not that hard why shorten it.

Side: yes
1 point

I don’t believe texting has that whole effect on me when I speak towards someone, but it does on others. When I text someone I usually do it in proper grammar, but when I don't, it doesn’t effect anything. My grammar isn't perfect to begin with, but I try to spell out every word. When I speak to someone professional I speak professional, when i speak to my friends, I speak normally. I text all the time, but 90% of the time I text grammatically correct. I typically hang out with the smart crowd, and we just talk normal. I don’t really hear the text-talk that much. I guess it depends on the person, because I’ve heard people speaking abilities, and sounds just like their texts. It doesn’t really effect me at all, but it might effect others.

Side: yes
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Yes I think it does effect the ability to communicate orally or written. when I’m texting, writing an email or anything of that sort I always use "lol, omg, idk" when I am trying to write a paper or a formal letter it sometimes becomes difficult for me to say what I want with out using those things. Also when we become accustom to using those acronyms we forget to expand our vocabulary and over time we become illiterate.

Side: yes
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Well I am kind of in the middle because it does effect me sometime I'm not even going to lie. But at the end that is where revise and editing come in to play. That allows you to check your work and spelling on your paper. But on the other hand texting is the new thing in the world today everybody does and and you just have to live with and and make sure any time you write a paper pr something you edit it.

Side: yes
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I personally think that texting does have adverse effects especially when people try to communicate with each other. When they try to use the abbreviated words and say them out loud, I hate the fact that every time that my teacher assigns me to do an essay I do it but some how I start writing the way I text. For example instead of writing “you” ill put a simple “u”. There are many things that we say out loud that sound so stupid and you don’t even know because of the fact that you are already use to it.

Side: yes
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I feel like texting does effect the way we communicate when we write formally and sometimes when we talk orally. High school students who text tend to communicate differently because of the way they they talk in a text message to their friends. Last year I would text all the time and as a way to save time I would abbreviate a word and when writing an essay I would sometimes forget and abbreviate a word in my essay and when I would read it back to myself I would see my error and I would have to go back and correct myself. I still text but when I do I make sure I spell the whole word.

Side: yes
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I think it makes you more illiterate but at the same time, makes you a lot faster with your hands and fingers. For example, you text all the time, no one uses correct grammar and punctuation when texting, thats the point of texting. The point is to get your message to the person quick and easy. Everyone uses slang and they abrieveate everything they text. When you write or type something you sometimes bring that into the writing, making your writing look like a child did it.

Side: yes
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Yes it does. Are world has evolved in many ways mainly in communication and ways to communicate. When people text they tend to use a type of communication were they brake words down and make up words ECT. And eventually I believe that people will start to talk and write like the way they text.

Side: yes

I think texting does effect people in their communication of writing and speaking. When a person types a text they shorten word and use a weird slang, for example "wat u doin", thats is not the correct way of spelling. When their not typing on a phone and are typing a school essay they type the same way as they text because their just use to it. Also, sme talk the same way they text which doesn't make sense and makes you look stupid. Imagine going to a job interview and talking ith text slang you would probably wont get the job.

Side: yes
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Yes I do think that texting effects communication in other areas. For instance if I'm texting and someone is talking to me I hear every other word when their telling me something. When I'm writing something down I end up shorting the words or will use a "slang" word and have to go back and change it. The whole time I been writing this I have had to go back and change spellings, "lol". But texting does have a some good to it, when you use this font called "T9" its a spell check for you so if you don't know how to spell a word and you almost think it's right it'll let you know; and on my phone i have a miniature keyboard so it helps for me on the computer because I automatically know where the letters are. So it does have some good but it is also a distraction you end up forgetting what your doing or you just stop everything and it takes up time. But it's great for when your bored.

Side: yes
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"LOL, OMG, and JK, " are all used in texting and are now beginning to be used in everyday language. So yes it is affecting communication. In writing papers you would generally use proper grammer and write everything out as if it were in an exponential form but with words. Now we see more and more everyday where a paper might be written with shortened expressions, or written in slang and most times the writer is unaware of the minor blooper, or to them it just seems better put that way... It's as if they are speaking new speak.

Side: yes
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I think to a certain extent, texting does have an adverse effect. Mostly to people who are constantly texting all day. I have witnessed people saying "lol" and "omg" in daily life, so it becomes a habit. More so it hurts your writing more than anything else, when texting you really don't bring punctuation into the whole ordeal. I find myself abbreviating many of the common words like "you" into "u" and a lot of other ones.

Side: yes
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I think that it does effects one's ability to comminicate, because for example: many people can't express their feelings through a text message. Many times students Or even college students won't even write a good essay because the addiction of texting. In my opinion texting has always been a good tool to communicate, but In the same way it affects our communication.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes I think texting affects you when you are writing an essay or doing a work that requires writing because sometimes instead of spelling the whole words you use the writing you use when you are texting. For example instead of writing the word are you would write just the letter r and it would be the same thing with the word you, you would write just the letter u. And when it comes at grading the essays most of the students get mad because they receive a low grade in their essay.

Side: yes
1 point

I have to go with yes on this one. Most people can control not writing how they text or speak how they text but some can't. For example, the other day in the hallway a girl got bumped into and the said "OMG" so it does have an effect on someone's ability to communicate. I really don't hear any dudes communicating how we text, it's mostly the girls that do that and they think it's cool but it's really not. Girls sound mighty dumb when they talk like that. As far as writing goes, I sometimes feel like putting "ppl" instead of "people" but I catch myself. I don't think it's that hard to control not writing how you text but it does happen.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes it does. I have caught myself doing it a couple of times while i was typing. Texting carries over from your phone to your writing. Texting can develope bad habits.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does effect the way you communicate to people. Texting makes you develop bad habits. Those bad habits carry on whenever you have to do write an essay. So when people look at your essays they look at it in confusion.

Side: yes

Texting does effect people's everyday communication. Personally it doesn't effect me orally but it does effect me when I write formal essays. I would start to shorten words such as you, or why. I think it really doesn't effect people speech much but some people say dumb things out loud but for the most part it doesn't.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I think it does have an effect. You get so used to writing in text language that its just habit to write it in other places also. When you text you get used to being lazy, so it's easy to be lazy in other things too. I personally for the most part write out what I mean in a text, unless it is just really long, because it's not that hard to just write it out.

Side: yes
1 point

I think it has a huge effects. Some people write papers like how they text. Sometimes it is hard to change the way you write from texting style to how you have to write in class. Especially in english when you can't misspell a word or your grammer has to be really good. I know some people can text and than re-adjust their brains to think straight when they are writing a paper. But it takes a lot of practice and you still sometimes think how like you text. It's really difficult to go from the way you text to how you have to write when you communicate or write.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I believe that texting affects the way we coomunicate in every way. When people get too comfortable with something such as texting, they tend to use it often and not even acknoledge that fact that they are doing it. When the time comes for a person to write a formal essay or a letter, they tend to begin writing the way that they text or talk, and it really seems to them like they are writng accuratly, but they really arent. I believe that texting is a great thing. It helps us all in many ways, but it would be even more useful if people would text the same way that they would write a major paper.

Side: yes

I believe texting does affect your ability in other areas of communication. Actual writings become shorter, filled with choppy grammar and slang, and often leaves something more to be desired. While I do say that this does not happen 100% of the time, the good majority of teens and young adults who do it, do it to a point where I dont even want to read anymore...(lol, i wrote a whole paragraph perfectly n i text-talk too >:p )

Side: yes
1 point

Texting does have a adverse effec on peple's ability to communicate. When people constantly text, they tend to abbvrivate longer words, and their brain gets used to that. So they start doing that to their writings. I remember watching a commercial where the mom ask'd her kid who she's talking to and she replied, " idk my bff jill". I think its a little funny, but its an insult to the english language.

Side: yes
1 point

I honestly have to say yes that texting does have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate. I'm saying this because in papers you see full sentences. But, In texting you hardly see people write in full sentences, you mostly see people text in shorter abbreviations than full sentences. Not mention it also effects the way we write in our English papers. Most people want to just shorten the word instead of using correct spelling & Correct Grammar. They may want to use it for easier way out of spelling things. so that's why i say yes.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, but it does have an effect, but I'm not sure if it has a very negative effect. For some people, texting is a way to have awkward conversations without being embarassed of being on the phone or being, pretty muhc being in the conversation at that exact point of time. Texting is way to have a conversation without being completely being there to immediately hear & understand the other person's response.

The most adverse effect I would give texting beside its offending way of spelling certain words and it's pointless acronyms, is that texting has made people very dependent on not being able to have a real, meaningful conversation in the moment; we are weak when it comes to dealing with a situation at hand right there in that minute.

Side: yes
1 point

I think it does affect in a way that we write in short words and people uses slang words and it just makes them get used to it and it can affect us in our day living even at school when writing essays. Sometimes is better to write things in the proper way that way we don't make mistakes.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes texting has an effect because when I ext I sometime abbreviate words. Verse when I’m writing a paper, filling out a job applications, or talking I don’t abbreviate. It would sound really lame if I did when I talked. The whole point of texting is to communicate faster. So therefore when I text I speak slang but I know not to speak that way when I’m witting a paper, or if I’m a job interview.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes I do believe that text messaging has an adverse effect on one’s ability to communicate in other arenas because most people use slang in their writing. Text messaging can be a very diverse form of communication for many reasons. For example, when people text, a lot of times they use “lol” and omg and other forms of the words. A lot of the time people don’t capitalize I in text messaging. I feel that when people use slang and other forms of words, they transfer that over into their everyday talking language. I hear people in the hallways that are speaking in slang and they think that they are “cool,” but it makes them sound non-intelligent.

I think that when people text all the time, it brings their ability to write down. They want to use their everyday slang in their writing. I do believe that text messaging does effect one’s ability to communicate with others.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes! Big time effect on a person's ability to communicate in other arena's. In english that mean no one can understand your type of language in texting(writing). To some young people it might be hip and cool, but when it comes time where you get into business world as an adult you need correct grammer and tone for the rest of your life. Half of the people in this world don't understand half of that stuff. Use correct grammer, like u were taught in school from pre-k to adult life.

Side: yes
1 point

I think that texting does mess with other forms of our communication. When I text I try to use as much proper grammar as I can mostly because I can't understand some of the texts that I get. And because I don't get some of the simple texts how do I know that the person I am sending a text to is going to understand it. Then people that don't spell out their words or write sentence fragments speak the way that they write and they sound stupid.

Side: yes
1 point

I believe that texting does have an adverse effect in our ability to communicate. Sometimes whenever we are writting essays we accidentaly start writting abbreviated like we would when texting. For example "u" instead of "you" or "r" instead of "are". Also, some people start talking slang and shortening words like actually saying "o-m-g" for "oh my gosh."

Side: yes
1 point

I feel like texting does effect one's ability to communicate in other arenas. If the most popular form of writing you do on a daily is misspelling words and fragment sentences, then once you do in a serious situation your going to overlook it because your not use to looking at it as being spelled wrong so it wont click in your head to go and change it.

Side: yes
1 point

yes i think texting really dose effect me because when i write papers for school. I type like i am texting which is really bad. It really sucks because i have go over it a number of times just to fix ti and then i still miss some because in my eyes its right. That is a really bad habit of mines. Even when I send emails to my teacher of even my mom i do it also. But when I talk like to my friends i might say OMG or LOL. but nothing really to crazy but my friend are worse then me. But yes i think that texting really do effect people epically teens.

Side: yes
1 point

I think it does effect texting on some ways because by doing other things. that is because you can expres your self more easy. sometimes people dontknow what you are talking about when you wirte incomplete words.

Side: yes
1 point

The texting "lingo" is for some reason a lot different from regular English. People choose to shorten words into merely letters all jumbled together that shouldn't make any sense but for some odd reason, everyone does. I personally spell everything out when texting, commenting and messaging because I don't want to form a habit of back spelling. I wish that people could differenciate between real life and text, but I guess some just can't.

Side: yes
1 point

Unfortunately, using shorthand does have an adverse effect on the level of communication someone is capable of. Teenagers resort to using slang in text messages, and ultimately retraining their brain to speak in shorthand. Using words such as wut in place of what, and abbreviations like idk for I don't know are bad habits to become comfortable with. After a while, you will begin to think, speak and write in a similar manner. Its inappropriate and detrimental to a teenagers reading and writing skills.

Side: yes
1 point

yea it does effect the way you write cause when you text you don’t really write out the whole word when you send thing to people you just use abbreviations so you can write less cause you get so use to it that you for get what your doing it and it makes it hard for you to change back writing proper.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes the texting have some bad effects on people and communication. Texting is also an other form of Newspeak language, introduced by Orwell. By texting we are minimizing the words, using short forms, and abbreviations. By doing this the students will not be prepared for their professional life. They will not know how to write good resumes, or essays. I think texting should be use only in emergencies.

Side: yes

Though I am not effected by the texting "lingo" in my essays or speech I know plenty of students that forget to write out simple words like you, are and today and instead write "u", "r", and "2day" on important essays.

Side: No
1 point

Yes they do because allot of times when people type a essay or any kind of passage, they will contain " u, lol, omg"' etc. Writing in a texting form is incorrect and it contains useless words that means nothing except a peace of nonsense that has been written by an individual mind.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, I believe that texting does have a bad effect orally and on writing. For, example when you text all the time you get use to texting short and choppy phrases, so people use stuff like “r” for “are”, “u” for “you”, “ttyl” for “ talk to you later”, “lol” “laughing out loud” or “omg” “oh my gosh”. So people tend to get lazy and get use to doing this stuff, and when it comes time to writing an English paper your so use to writing in text form and you might accidentally slip in a text phrase and not even notice and get a bad grade on your paper.

Side: yes

Yeah. Sometimes when I'm text messaging, and talking at the same time to somebody in real life, I get words from each mixed up. Example: If I'm saying "That's what I said" in a text message, and "No, I'd rather not" in real life, then it may come out in real life like "No, I'd that's not said." Or in the text message "That's rather I not." You know? Not a great thing to have happen to you.

Side: yes

"Does texting have adverse effects on one's ability to communicate in other areas?"

I would say "Yes" that texting does effects a person's ability to communicate in other areas. My reason is because there are times that parents will not give the freedom of owning a computer to their child until they are in college. The parent might not allow a computer, but a cell phone for emergency use. When the child texts other people, he/she will not learn appropriate ways to speak in a conversation "face-to-face". This will make the person look pathetic to other people in public. With texting, the next generation will look or become dumb as a consequence. So if child asks why I did not give texting on his/her cell phone, then my reason for it is so that my child can actually learn and achieve appropriate civility in our world's society.

Side: yes
3 points

No because I text all of the time and the essays I turn into my teachers are usually A’s. I feel that text-messages may help you in the long run for classes because when you are taking notes it helps your write faster by teaching you how to shorten words. I don’t think there is any type of bad communication because any kind of communication makes your brain process and think. Texts also help with I hand coordination.

Side: No
2 points

Texting doesn't affect my communication in any way.

I always try to use proper grammar and spelling, even when I am texting.

I think most people who text know(or should know) that grammar and spelling are more important in some situations than others.

If students know they are being graded on grammar they will use better grammar.

However, I did not grow up with texting and online communications. Many kids that are growing up with that will probably have lazy grammar because they are used to those types of communications.

Side: No

I believe that texting does not effect one’s ability to communicate to others. The only time it would effect one’s ability is when they don’t understand that “text-language” should only be used in texting. When writing an essay I never write “u” instead of “you.” When people do this it’s only because they’re being lazy, not because texting effects their writing skills. Blame it on your lazy-careless ways not texting.

Side: No
1 point

Texting does not have an affect when trying to communicate a different way. What I mean by that is if I were to write an essay for an English class, the way that I text won't affect my writing and vocabulary. Most young adolescents my age write in slang terms and they are really short with their messages. However, I believe that texting does not affect the way one communicates in other areas if that person text's the way he or she would if they were writing an essay.

Side: No
1 point

No I don’t think it does because usually when I text, I text in proper sentences. sometimes. lol It is different when your talking to somebody and texting somebody. Usually if you talking to a person you can get to the point faster without having to explain yourself. And if you are texting somebody you can’t just say what you have to say because the person is going to be confused, on why you said that statement. Most people know when to talk or text in the right way, sort of like an instinct.

Side: No
1 point

I believe that certain people may have a harder time communicating because of texting, but I also believe it is there fault that they are that way. I have unlimited text because my scrawny 3000 texts a month wasn't working for me. I don't put txt, ur, u, h/o... those short text words are not put into my essays, conversations, and debates by personal choice. I believe people use texting as an outlet because they think it's an excuse to type or talk bad. It's really not. Those people are lazy. That may be mean, but it's the truth. Texting has no say in how you type or talk, it's your own choice as to how you follow through. Our generation in the business world is known as the ones who are too innvolved in technology. But it's by choice that these people do so! People need to stop ruining our generations outlook.

Side: yes
1 point

Text messaging does not have an affect on how we are able to communicate orally. The whole shortening of words is just a way to reply fast and get it over whit. Plus that way you won’t be hold up whit 20 text messages in your in box. The less full grammar you use in text messaging the faster you can reply to all text messages.

Side: No
1 point

I don't think texting has an adverse effect on one's ability to communicate in other arenas. Yes, one does get used to the short forms of writing words but that doesn't necessarily mean they communicate in such a manner. As we get older our vocabulary increases and our ability to put together words is much greater than when we were younger. Everybody has the ability to change the way they speak whenever they feel is necessary. A person who is a CEO of a company could have an amazing vocabulary and can speak many different languages can be a master at texting. Communication is all dependent on the person.

Side: No
1 point

Texting doesn't really have any bad effects on my communicating abilities. I am usually in a different state of mind when texting than when I am trying to have real conversation with some one or when I im trying to write an actual essay. Texting for the most part is just a recreation type of activity with a peer where we are just chatting about little things that dont require indepth answers. When I text I usually just give the basic idea about what I want to say without alot of thought going into my words, but in any formal occasion where I am actually talking about something that actually requieres some sort of indepth response I go into a different mindset. I never have any problems keeping my informal mindset and my formal mindsets seperate.

Side: No
1 point

I feel texting does not have an effect on one's ability to communicate in other arenas such as communicating orally and writing formally because when I text I text for the most part proper. I suppose people who speak informally or in slang while texting might cause a bit of blockage to their writing but if one is to speak correctly and grammatically then they should be fine will having to communicate in other arenas.

Side: No
1 point

I know for a fact that it doesn't because people should be smart enough to distinguish the two types of situations where you either text or write. It doesn't take a genius to figure out when and when not to use abbreviations like "lol" or "lmao".

But it does take a true phone junkie to keep using them. I understand why people use abbreviations, though. It makes it much easier to communicate with their fellow peers, cuts button pressing by half, and we're just that lazy to not spell out the whole word.

Side: No
1 point

I believe that once you know somthing you cant forget it. In saying that, I know you might slip up a couple of times but im pretty sure you know the difference in when you're allowed to use text talk, or the most prudish time to use the regular communications.

Side: No
1 point

Texting all the time actually helps you with your I hand coordination. Well actually it depends on what cellphone you have. Like if you have the Palm Centro, sidekick, ENV2, etc. They all have mini baby keyboards that you can play with, but if you have those brick phones and have three letters in each number it might cause a little issue.

Side: No
1 point

I don't believe that it does because most people can control how they write. Yes, most people shorten their words and sentences in a text message but when it comes to writing a formal paper there is proof reading, rewriting, and editing to prevent the spelling and grammar errors. When it comes to talking to others, if you start using "lol" and "omg" as an actual word, your a complete moron. Everyone knows "lol" and "omg" are not words, so don't use them in your speak as if they are.

Side: No
1 point

I don't suppose so.It depends how you communicate; because if you don't know your literature then texting could affects ones writing or communication skills. But texting is like writing a short meaning to someone in a matter of seconds; which makes it fun. Knowing your literature wouldn't affect the way you communicate or your writing.

Side: No
1 point

I believed that texting does not affect one's ability to comminucate to others. It is just a way to express yourself in a different form of text. For example, the book 1984 involves newspeak. Texting and Newspeak have many things that bond them together. The way society speaks will not change as long it is forced on them to change.

Side: No
1 point

I don't believe that texting should impair the way you write a school essay or hold a conversation orally with someone if you are somewhat intelligent. I text all the time and more times than not, I use proper grammar and punctuation in my text messages. I believe that humans are habitual creatures and if the practice something the wrong way then they learn it that way. So if they do use slang in their text messages then they will most likely use it in an essay unless they rarely do it. It all depends on what they do more frequently, if you use slang more frequently then you are more likely to use it in an essay than if you used grammar properly.

Side: No
1 point

I would say yes,

because when you text you you abbreviate thing, then when you are writing papers in english class you begain to abbreviate.

And that messes up yoour grade, because you didnt have the correct spelling which is a part of english class.

Side: No
0 points

I don't think texting has any effect what so ever on your oral communication unless you are trying to talk to someone while you are texting. Then it does have a strong effect on it. It is difficult to be thinking two different conversations at the same time. As far as grammar goes, it might have an effect on some people who tend to shorten words and sentences when they text. Then when they talk aloud to others or write an essay they tend to use the slang and the wrong grammar used in text messages. I don't have that problem. The people who I text are constantly laughing at me because I write my texts in complete sentences. So, I don't have that problem. I think thats about the only effect it has, and that isn't a big one. Most teens in America are smart enough to know that the way they text in not appropriate grammar, so, when the time comes to write an essay they still know the proper language to use.

Side: No
1 point

I agree with you but I don't. Most people don't use full sentences when texting, I do but I didn't know anyone else did until I read your answer.

Side: No
0 points

Well I'm kind of on both sides on this one but mostly on the no end. I feel like most people are lazy and don't want to write out the full word. When writing an essay I'm pretty sure nobody wants to put "lol" or "omg" on their essay.

Side: No
sirsamalot90(35) Disputed
1 point

Just because they put "lol" or "omg" doesn't mean they did it on purpose. All it means is that they are too used to text talk, and wrote it down subcontiously.

Side: yes
0 points

I don't think texting has any effect on the way people talk to each other. But people who shorten words and sentences when they text might have a problem when they are writing an essay or any written assignment. people who substitute "u" for the word you might also make that mistake when writing an essay. But most people will read over what they write and will catch that mistake before sending in their assignment. i think it effects peoples writing, but not to a degree in which it's a big problem.

Side: No