Let’s be honest. Regardless of age, race, gender or background, we’re all pretty much glued to our smartphones. We all take a sneaky selfie or two when we think nobody is looking. We all scroll through our Facebook newsfeeds multiple times a day, and we all make use of texting abbreviations.
The question is, is this smartphone slang having a detrimental effect on learning and the more serious part of #studentlife? The answer, in short, is yes.
Texting Slang Affects Writing Skills
Since most of us spend hours texting, whether it is catching up with the fam while relaxing in your student digz after a hectic day of lectures or chatting to bae and organising the next big date night, we often do it without thinking.
Using ‘LOL’, ‘BRB’, ‘2’ and ‘BTW’ has become the norm’, so much so that there really isn’t anything stopping us from accidentally inserting these abbreviations into our university work and not realising it before pressing ‘send’. Some of us may even be so invested in the smartphone world that we have almost completely forgotten how to write a formal essay at all!
What Can We Do About It?
Awareness is key here. Nobody is insisting that you start typing out every word in full when texting with your mates. However, it is important to be conscious of abbreviation tendencies when getting to work on varsity assignments, essays and exams. Make sure that you proofread all of your work at least twice before submitting it, and perhaps convince your roomie to give each piece a once-over, too. A second pair of eyes is never a bad thing since errors such as these tend to be quite easy to miss when you’re used to seeing them so often on your phone!
If you feel as though you’re struggling to write formally when it comes to your course work, don’t be afraid or embarrassed to seek help. Most universities hold regular workshops and/or classes to assist students with improving their writing skills. Chat to your lecturers about this to find out if your varsity does this. If not, you can also seek out private writing skills tutors for a price, or work on your writing, comprehension and concentration skills yourself by reading as much as you can and watching helpful YouTube videos. Here’s one to get you started on your road to better language awareness!