Teens don't regard email, texting as actual writing

April 27, 2008

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project finds that 60% of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 don't classify electronic communication such as e-mail, instant messaging and text-messaging as writing. The study suggests teenagers see an important distinction between the "writing" they do in school and outside school for personal reasons, and the "communication" they engage in using electronic means. While 73% of teens say internet-based writing makes no difference to their school writing, 38% have used abbreviations like "LOL" in their school assignments, and 25% admit to inserting emoticons. Pew News Release | Read the Report | Inside Higher Ed | NPR | eMarketer