Textisms and writing skill

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A recent study finds that college students who use lots of “textisms” in their everyday electronic communications tend to perform a little worse in formal writing tasks – but are better informal writers.

In this study, “textisms” are abbreviations, acronyms, intentional misspellings, incorrect punctuations and the like that are commonly used in text messages and in instant messaging.

Guest: Larry Rosen, California State University

4 Responses to “Textisms and writing skill”

  1. Dean Blevins says:

    There is no audio download with the story, an oversight?

  2. Don says:

    Will the MP3 file be made available for listening online?

  3. Jon Gordon says:

    Audio is there now. Sorry to the delay…

    -Jon Gordon

  4. Don says:

    Thank you.