• Researchers surveyed 228 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in central Pennsylvania on their daily habits

  • Researchers then assessed the students using 22 questions adapted from a 9th-grade grammar test to include only topics taught by 6th grade

  • [The study] found that the more often students sent text messages using text-speak (shortened words and homophones), the worse their grammar

  • 13- to 17-year-olds send more than twice the number of text messages each month than any other age group

  • The more often a student received text messages using tech-speak, the more likely he or she was to send messages using that language

  • Teenage girls have been found in other studies to send and receive nearly twice as many messages per month as boys do

  • Some studies have found students who text frequently are better at spelling and identifying homophones

  • Teenagers can view tech-speak both as a shortcut and a means of expressing identity

  • Students who texted the most did not have more trouble with capitalization and punctuation

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