'Txt' generation kills spelling

Kayan Davis doesn't worry about spelling when he is texting on his iPhone.
Kayan Davis doesn't worry about spelling when he is texting on his iPhone. John Corlett

IF U can understand dis sentence, u mite just b contributing 2 da downfall of da English language as we no it.

That's the verdict of CQUniversity researcher Dr Michael Cowling, who believes the rise of the "txt" generation is making spelling a dying art.

Dr Cowling said the meaning of words, rather than the spelling of words, is far more important to today's digital natives.

He added that the digital dinosaurs and academics needed to accept that.

"In the world of texting and instant messaging, connectedness and a speedy reply mean far more than perfect spelling," he said.

"Spelling is overrated. As long as the meaning of something is clear, why does it matter how we spell the words?"

Dr Cowling also attributes the emergence of spelling and grammar checking technologies with bringing about the trend.

"Today, computing is a part of our everyday lives, and in 10 to 20 years every new person on the planet will be a digital native, somebody who has grown up with technology and never known a world where the internet wasn't at their fingertips.

"In this world it will be more important to be connected than to be well-spelled.

"Spelling is an art form that the digital native just doesn't need anymore and as academics we need to start accepting this."

Dr Cowling is currently working with colleague Jeremy Novak from Southern Cross University on using technology to provide feedback in classrooms.



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OMG: oh my God

ROFL: rolling on the floor laughing

BRB: (I'll) be right back

SMH: shaking my head

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