But teachers have a reason to hate texting above even other high-tech time-wasters like portable games. After all, texting is also ruining our ability to spell, what with all the L8Rs and rampant use of the letter Z. It is seen as the scourge of new generation -- and even the death of English language as we know it.
Everybody should stop and take a deep breath, because texting actually improves both your language skills and your ability to pay attention in class.
"Holly balls, I understand calculus!"
Yes, you read that right. Research says texting actually improves language skills. And the earlier you start, the better it works. The data shows the correlation is direct: The better you are at texting, the better your reading and writing skills, even if you use that horrible textese shorthand.
Mark van Laere
It's not Hemingway, but it is a form of literacy.