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Regina Bailey

Texting Negatively Impacts Linguistic Abilities

By February 17, 2012

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Did you know that texting can have a negative affect on your ability to interpret words? Studies conducted at the University of Calgary indicate that people who read more books, magazines, newspapers, and other print media are better able to interpret the meaning of unfamiliar words than those who text more than read. Text messaging may impact the brain's linguistic ability to accept and comprehend words.

According to researcher Joan Lee, "The people who accepted more words did so because they were better able to interpret the meaning of the word, or tolerate the word, even if they didn't recognize the word. Students who reported texting more rejected more words instead of acknowledging them as possible words." The researchers state that reading helps to develop skills that allow for creativity and flexibility in language. Text messaging on the other hand, uses characters to represent real words that are commonly known. Therefore, those who text more than read traditional print media are more likely to reject new words.

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