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How social media and technology is making our society illiterate

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sean clawson

on 3 December 2012

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Social media and technology is making us more illliterate Question we asked in our surveys Do you think social media is making you more illiterate. Question 1 Question 2 How you found yourself writing a paper but using texting phrases Question 3 Do you use spell check more than often Results of asking 25 people Question 1 14 yes 11 no 21 yes 4 no 17 yes 8 no Question 2 Question 3 It is pretty easy to get caught up in today’s world of modern technology and social media. Fancy gadgets and useful devices that help us out have become the norm in our society. Spell check, cell phones and others useful items help us get things done faster and easier. However there’s a problem with this technology, its making use more illiterate. Using devices like spell check are hurting us because it teaches use how not to remember a word, just type in something that looks like it and the answer will pop up. There are tons and tons of words that I have forgotten how to write because of spell check. In the modern age of communicating, texting has become the new fashion. Yes we are still talking to people, but it’s much dimmer and dull and we do not get a whole lot out of it. Using phrases like omg, brb, u, r, lmao are making it faster to send a message, but it is slowly making use more illiterate. My group mates and I went around and asked many question that we wanted answer. We asked questions like do you think social media is making you dimmer, how you found yourself writing a paper but using texting phrases, and do you use spell check more than often. We found some good answers and found results we were looking for. The use of texting, spell check and the internet and slowly making us more illiterate and moving use in the opposite derection of what we should be going in. The problem We’re going to discuss how technology makes us as students illiterate. In my (Brandon) experience, auto-correct had made me second guess my spelling and I feel like auto-correct had damaged my ability to spell. Also, I feel like students are now negatively influenced by apps such as Twitter and Facebook. I constantly see the misuse of your, you’re, there, their, they’re and so on. This is just one of many examples of how social media is negatively affecting people everywhere. Technology as a whole is making us illiterate. Texting is teaching us how to spell words wrong, and sometimes we can’t spell them right anymore. Shorting words like U and R, are making us illiterate. When I’m (Sean) writing a paper, I sometimes write words the way I would in a text. Today’s method of communication is changing the way we write. I (Dan) can say that I have been affected by this because sometimes, when typing, I will abbreviate things or knowingly spell things wrong hoping that spellcheck will fix it for me.
As a group, we’ve all shared similar experiences in how social media has affected our spelling. Whether it is how we spell, or even the distraction of Twitter or Facebook in class, we all strongly believe social media is making us more illiterate. Summary
Synthesis Methods we used to try to answer the questions Does social media negatively affect peoples’ literacy?
The method we are using to answer that question starts with finding facts and statistics. Then, we will find an argument that opposes it. Then find more supporting facts for our side of the argument. A study from CNW’s news team found in Canada in 2010 that 4 in 10 adults struggle with low literacy. Children are at an even larger risk for being illiterate in adulthood because of their access to technology. According to a 2007 survey carried out by the U.K. Government Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), more than 4 in 5 children ages 5–15 have access to a home computer, and levels of Internet use are at 46% for 5- to 7-year-olds and 75% for 12- to 15-year-olds. Furthermore, children in the12–15 age group reported that use of the Internet was “the most important technology in their lives—more important than television” (DCSF, 2007). Ofcom, 2008, also say that 84% of girls compated to 75% of boys use the internet at least once a week for instant messaging. According to a study, 20% of students never read fiction or nonfiction books, but about 67% surf websites weekly. The study found that 20% of older students attributed their poor writing skills to the fact that they do not write much.
Dr. Spencer Jordan, University of Wales, says that social networking can help young students become more confident in writing because it helps them develop more positive attitudes toward writing and to become more confident in their writing abilities. Synthesis about the results of data http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Publications/The%20Learning%20Team/Volume-14/Number-1/Pages/Can-social-networking-boost-literacy-skills.aspx

http://www.nsslha.org/uploadedFiles/NSSLHA/publications/cicsd/2010F-Use-of-Modern-Communication-Technology.pdf Work cited Implications We’ve found that many people are affected differently from their own experiences with literacy. In our own research, we’ve found that people tend to agree that social media is the main cause of why people are becoming more illiterate. Whether it be shows, such as Jersey Shore, or websites, such as Facebook. There are ways to stop people from becoming more illiterate though. Promote more positive television shows that use correct grammar and not trashy slang talk. People are easily influenced on what they see on T.V. So if big time television programs could promote better shows, we believe that there would be an increase of better spelling and grammar. In the end we found out that social media is actually hurting us and making us more illiterate. Our results show this pretty well. The technology that we work so hard for is actually taking the wrong way Cover letter In our group project, we wanted to let the reader know how social media and technology is makes us illiterate. We demonstrated this by displaying pictures we found with misspelled words on them. (Ex-Misspelled newspaper articles, NFL jerseys, and signs). We also included our own literacy histories in our Prezi presentation. We really like the results that we found through learning and we hope that you find them revealing as well. It can help us as times but as a whole we believe it makes us lazy, and dependent on it for information we should already know. We think that as a group, we’ve learned that social media is hurting us in many ways. Some of these ways we need to fix before it’s too late.
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