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Texting is bad for your brain: University of Calgary study


Friday, June 4, 2010


The Art of Spelling And Telling Time, Lost! When Is ‘Enuf is enuf’

Remember when MTV came out and the first video they played was ‘Video Killed The Radio Star’, by The Buggles? 

Since the creation of MTV amongst other things so much has been lost.  How much further can America and  the world be dumb ed down.  I know speaking from growing up in the MTV generation and seeing for myself the dumbing down  take place.  What happened to being able to read a clock with hands is gone to the ‘digital’, along with many other things and the article below is just one more nail in the coffin of intelligence.  shera~

'Protesters in bee suits outside Spelling Bee want to make English simpler'



Texting is bad for your brain: University of Calgary study

People who write and receive a lot of text messages are hurting their ability to learn new words and communicate, a University of Calgary study has found.
Researchers studied the effect text messages had on student’s linguistic abilities, and found those who often use their thumbs and a keypad to send short messages had a tougher time “accepting” new words, compared to those who don’t.

So if you ever want to confuse someone addicted text messaging, should you send them an email with big, complicated words? You bet.
Heavy texters were more likely to reject unfamiliar words, instead of accepting that the word might actually exist. Instead of thinking of a related-sounding or meaning word, they’d likely draw a blank. 
Some might argue that texting encourages people to be creative, and make up words that can be squeezed into tiny 140-character messages to get a point across. Turns out they’re just making it harder on themselves.
As researcher Joan Lee found, people who read more books, magazines and newspapers were more open to the same unfamiliar words.
“In contrast, texting is associated with rigid linguistic constraints which caused students to reject many of the words in the study,” Lee said in a release about the study.
“This was surprising because there are many unusual spellings or “textisms” such as “LOL” in text messaging language.”
Do you agree with the results of the study? Is text messaging making us dumb? 
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets
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