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The mass popularity of instant messaging is generally believed by most educators to be destroying the writing skills grammar and spelling abilities of high school students today It is becoming a regularly heard complaint from many educators who are consistently seeing text speech in their students formal writing assignments Educators are complaining that students are no longer taking the time that they should to write a formal essay This is in thanks to the speediness of an instant message Students feel that everything should be done quickly in a shortcut manner and without proper care for the writing process and skills Another common complaint is the use of txt lingo and the use of it by students in their formal writings However not everyone believes the theory that instant messaging is killing the writing skills of todays students Many studies have been done on this subject and there is a lot of conflicting data However many reputable educators are of the belief that instant messaging is not bad for students and in fact may be helping students read and write This paper will look at both sides of the argument and prove that students are in fact benefiting from todays technology and that instant messaging is not hurting their reading and writing but just the opposite it is helping Students in classrooms today have not changed the way they read and write In fact students must be able to read and write today in order to socialize with their peers therefore the popularity of texting can only logically be improving literacy communication and writing skills of students today Teachers need to be able to look at the positive effects and weight their options of using what is becoming popular to work with the technology Even though txt lingo does at times show up in the formal writing of students the positive
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