In this era and time where almost everyone including children has access to phones, texting has become part of them. They find it as an easy way of communication since it saves time and money that could have been used for calling to pass the same message. However, several people including teachers believe that texting is not good for students as it negatively affects the ways in which they are writing. Michaela Cullington has conducted a thorough study on the issue of writing and at some points acknowledges the views that the few naysayers give regarding texting especially the belief that it has a negative effect on students. Nevertheless, she has a different view from them and this is evident in the last paragraph of her article titled Does Texting Affect Writing? According to Cullington, based on the research and observation she has made, texting does not interfere with the students, especially the ways in which they write (Cullington 10). She objects to the teacher’s and some researchers’ views regarding texting promoting casual writing among students. Cullington instead takes a look at students’ thoughts who believe that texting has helped them in preparing to write formally. She adds to the thoughts of an expert who also believes that there are no negative or positive impacts of texting.
Cullington arguments are persuasive because even the best writers and authors in the world today use the mode of texting to reach out to their friends and family. Students can easily differentiate between formal and informal writing thus there is no way in which texting can affect them in a negative way. The Smartphone that students use for texting actually helps them to learn how to write some words because of the auto-correct function. This helps them develop and improve their writing skills intensively.
Cullington, Michaela. Does Texting Affect Writing. Norton, 2010.