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Efficiency or laziness: Is text messeging ruining the young generations personal skills? Is the paper world coming to an end?

I wonder if out of sheer laziness the people of the now Playstation Generation have created their own spin off of the English language using terribly idiotic abbreviations for so called emotions. The real kicker is, its not just effecting the younger generations anymore, its spread like a virus to the older generations also, its odd enough my dad sending me text messages but even more sickening when they say "LOL UR FUNY : )" OMFG dad, (Yes, pun intended). Isn’t amazing that a one generations spurt within the technology industry is single handedly wiping out the now English language. Maybe I shouldn’t be so harsh but that is the beauty of having your own opinion now isn’t it. But I should at least look at it from a few other points. The paper world is coming to an end, and no matter how bad some of us would like to keep it, eventually cost effectiveness and efficiency will always win the war, so maybe this change in the English language is not a bad thing. The only languages that never change are the ones that cant survive, they grow out of their own times, and more efficient languages arise, look at Latin or Greek, they are still used but very few still actually speak them anymore. So with that being said maybe this is just the next stage in the life of this language. I have seen kids it grade school that can text faster than they can talk, and the sad things is, is that these kids are learning this new way to talk to people without actually talking to them, these kids are masters of the texting and Messaging side of things but have not even learned social skills for when they are face to face talking with people, and most all the adults are still clinging on to what in my eyes is proper English. And with that my grip on the language loosens, for I know we can’t stop the masses, even if they are giving up the beautiful language for nothing more than efficiency. I implore you my friends can you find the line that separates efficiency from laziness?

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    Jul 20 2011: Language must be dynamic to survive. We have certainly not been using the original form of English in the last 100 years. So these changes we are seeing are not new at all.

    As for the paper world, the more we see machines producing, the more anything done by hand will be perceived as art.

    New social environments don't take away or 'ruin' other social skills, they just create new social etiquette.

    I think this question has more to do with new vs old than with efficiency vs laziness.
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      Jul 20 2011: Great point! you've made me think. I appreciate your input Scott. On the idea of new vs old do you think that the "new" (as in all technology) could have a negative effect on people? example: A study shows that memory is poorer when participants expect that information they learn will be stored on a computer for later use.
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        Jul 20 2011: I'm not sure.

        I've read some recent research regarding the effects of technology in education and it was saying that texting improves kids' reading and comprehension scores.

        Ultimately, the tools are changing but there still needs to be a thinking human using them for them to be effective.

        In New Zealand, there has been a big push for increased use of digital tools in the classroom. At this stage, there is far too much focus on the tools and not enough on the students, but that has always been the way of education on a national scale - focus on the systems of measurement, delivery and tools. Learners always seem to come in 4th or 5th on the list.

        Like everything, there will be good and bad that comes from a reliance on digital technologies. Either way, we can't ignore it. I don't think we should lament the loss of the 'old' ways but we shouldn't forget them, either.
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          Jul 20 2011: Scott,

          Awareness of how to use technology is something I recently discussed with a mentor while visiting Berlin. It's not enough to just have access, but to know how to use that which you're accessing in ways that better you.

          In answer to the question, I believe it can go either way and it's dependent upon usage and the person using the device more than anything.

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