This study examined possible association between the frequency of texting, the use of SMS short forms and accuracy in spelling. Its purpose was to test whether there is factual basis for assertions about lowered spelling performance frequently found in the popular press. Study participants were 62 undergraduate students at a large regional university and 44 persons from the surrounding community. All participants were native speakers of English. Those participating were asked to complete a questionnaire concerning their texting practices and associated use of short forms while texting. A 30-item spelling assessment was administered. Results showed no significant difference in spelling performance between those who texted and/or used short forms while texting and those who did not. Frequency of texting and use of SMS short forms revealed no statistically significant main or interaction effects on the number of correctly spelled words.
|Keywords:||Spelling Capability, Texting, Frequency of Texting, Use of Texting Short Forms, College Sample, Community Sample, Discourse, Texting Discourse|
Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, Clemmer College of Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Learning, Clemmer College of Education, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, USA
Greeneville City Schools, TN, USA
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