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Textisms and writing skill

A teen sends a text message

A recent study finds that college students who use lots of "textisms" in their everyday electronic communications tend to perform a little worse in formal writing tasks - but are better informal writers.

In this study, "textisms" are abbreviations, acronyms, intentional misspellings, incorrect punctuations and the like that are commonly used in text messages and in instant messaging.

Guest: Larry Rosen, California State University

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