Whether or not texting and instant messaging has changed the English language for better or for worse is something that is heavily debated among educators. Naturally, there are three different points of view when it comes to the impact that texting and instant messaging has on the English language.

Negative Effects

Learning English: Text MessagingThere are some educators that believe that nothing good can come of texting or instant messaging these individuals believe that texting and instant messaging are actually ruining the English language. It helps if you look at it from the point of view of someone who is just learning English for the first time. When you communicate through texting or instant messaging words tend to have different meanings. When what you say is not what you actually mean it can confuse people who are learning English. Due to the popularity of texting and instant messaging, a lot of students start using it in their work or in their conversations without even realizing they are doing so. A lot of people consider the lingo and language used in texting and instant messaging to be its own unique language and to some people it very quickly becomes second nature.

Positive Effects

There are some educators who believe that anytime you can get someone to sit down and write something it is a positive experience. These educators say that texting and instant messaging is encouraging students to write more now than they have ever before.

There is nothing wrong with the lingo and language used in texting and instant messaging. In fact, that is the whole purpose of taking English classes in school. It is about more than just learning English. These are classes that will help you understand the difference between slang, jargon, and proper English. There is nothing wrong with using the texting and instant messaging lingo, you just have to know when and where it is appropriate to do so.