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Txtng Rlz!

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Over at Freedom Files, RS Davis asks Is Txtng Bad 4 Kds?, as many grammarians and language mavens might have you believe. The answer:

The British Journal of Developmental Psychology takes it a step further, saying that it is actually good for kids:

Beverly Plester and her colleagues at Coventry University in the UK asked 88 children aged 10 to 12 to write text messages describing 10 different scenarios. When they compared the number of textisms used to a separate study of the children's reading ability, they found that those who used more textisms were better readers.

Further, she asserted that "Phonological awareness has long been associated with good reading skills. These kids are engaging with more written language and they're doing it for fun."

Says Davis, "It's a free market language development—a little spntneus ordr, if you will. Whole post here.

Back in 2003, Charles Paul Freund called texting nothing less than a "Language Revolution."

Last year, Emory English professor, Reason contributor, and Dumbest Generation author Mark Bauerlein worried that, as his book's subtitle puts it, "the digital age stupefies young Americans and jeopardizes our future." Watch below.