Thursday, March 31, 2005

Text Messaging, E-Mail To Blame For Youth’s Bad Vocabulary

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – E-mail, instant messaging and cell phones have greatly improved the communication lines between people, but it’s also having a major negative effect on the younger generation: Their vocabulary skills are slipping.

According to The Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge poll, 45 percent of the respondents say that kids’ vocabulary is on the decline over the last couple of years.

On the other hand, 26 percent believe these skills are getting better while 21 percent say youngsters’ vocabulary skills have remained the same.

Word Power Challenge spokesperson Kathleen Bordelon says the poll results prove recent technological advancements are making language “not as rich or colorful” as it once was.

While technology will probably give kids more shortcuts around language in the future, Bordelon doesn’t believe the bad vocabulary trend will necessarily persist.

In her words, “As long as we make a bigger effort to focus on grammar with our youth from now on, their vocabulary will hopefully get better, not worse.”

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