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How social media and technology is making our society illiterate
sean clawsonon 3 December 2012
Transcript of How social media and technology is making our society illiterate
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.