OMG! Is FB to blame 4 bad grammar?
Mon, 27 Feb 2012 03:45:41 GMT —
In a world dominated by social media, our actions and words are inevitably noticed more than ever.
That includes our mistakes, namely: bad grammar.
Facebook has more than 800 million users and Twitter reportedly has close to 500 million. That's a lot of people watching our mistakes.
"I use Facebook a lot," said Kenedy Brandon, a freshman student at Randall High School in Amarillo. "I use it mostly just to talk to friends or family."
Kenedy is just like any other 15-year-old; she loves Facebook. While she always tries to practice her correct grammar, she admits that while she's on Facebook, grammar isn't as important.
"A lot of my friends don't always use good grammar," she said. "They use it (bad grammar) to be quick."
It's a growing trend among teenagers and even adults; people use bad grammar, bad puctuation and bad spelling on purpose.
Kenedy's freshman AP English teacher, Tammi Fritz, says she sometimes sees students using text language in essays.
"They (students) do use some of those (text language)," said Fritz.
Broc Carter manages the social media properties for the High Plains Food Bank and says he even catches himself making mistakes.
He says because society is moving in a more mobile direction, the need for speed is to blame for many of our grammatical errors.
"The culture of social media is mobile," he said. "You're so fast and you want to tell people what you're doing and you don't look back."
Many social media sites don't have an edit option, so proofing posts is pivotal, Carter said.
"I have to constantly remind myself to proof before I send."
As for students' education, Fritz says her standards have not and will not change.
"I do still see a lot of smart kids," Fritz said. "If they (students) have the ability to switch from the 'textee' form of language into proper grammar, I think that's pretty smart actually."
Whether poor grammar makes you cringe, or you don't even notice, there's no stopping it for some.
"If that's the way they want to talk, then it is," said Kenedy. "In papers, it's different and I focus on what I'm writing but if I'm just talking to someone, it doesn't matter.