Phone usage among teens has skyrocketed in the last few years. Texting has
especially become more popular than traditional phone calling, and with that, slang
has become a more frequently used method of communication. Using phrases
such as “r u going?”, “how old r u?”, “omw- (on my way)”, “btw- (by the way)” can
have a negative effect on speech and communication skills on the people that use
It has been noticed that some people even use slang in person in addition to
over text messaging, stopping the use of formal grammar and sentence structure,
which are crucial to real world communication. Using shortened language negatively
impacts your grammar skills and ability to communicate in full, complete sentences.
It’s even worse for kids who have phones at an age when they are still developing
grammatical communicative skills, as slang is the vocabulary that gets imprinted into
their brains from a young age.
Using phones to text rather than call or have face to face interaction with
someone also contributes to the fact that society right now is the most globalized it
has ever been, but also the loneliest it has ever been. Sure, you text your “friend”
who lives across the country, who you have never met, but how well do you really
know them? Enough to call them your friend? Face to face interaction and actually
hearing the voice of the person you are communicating with is one of the most
important factors to communication.
Without a voice, everything you type is merely
black and white. Everything you read on your phone screen is void of emotion, and
using emojis hardly helps.
Texting doesn’t help you communicate effectively; it only hinders your
speech skills and ability to have real, verbal conversations.