Young Adults Say Proper Spelling Just Not That Important
Proper Spelling Used To Be Really Important. But Is It Now?
Here’s a serious question for you: Who uses better spelling and grammar in texts and on social media: Kids, their parents or neither?
Have you ever heard your parents, or grandparents talk about having to learn Latin? Well, Latin is now dead. And I’m beginning to wonder if English might be soon, as well.
In a new survey from StudyFinds.org, less than a quarter of Gen Z’ers use periods, commas, and quotation marks in texts and on social media. And only one-third even bother to proofread their messages before sending them.
And Then There’s Autocorrect
Autocorrect is supposed to do all that for you, but most of the time, autocorrect is even worse. Isn’t that right, hiney? I mean, honey! Ugh – I’m going to the poop, and take a swim. The POOL!
For comparison, more than half of people over the age of 65 say they are always sticklers for proper grammar usage while texting or posting online, the survey stated. Nice to know, actually, so do not make fun of your elders.
The numbers are similar when it comes to using capital letters. But, just a quarter of those between 18 and 24 make sure to use capital letters correctly, compared to a whopping 61% of seniors, the survey further states. Then of course, there are the ALL CAPS people, who either don’t know, or care that their caps are locked, or they just like to yell!
Does It Really Matter?
Overall, 69% of people tested in the survey say they are more likely to use correct spelling and punctuation in text messages. But less than 10% of people say they make sure to use proper grammar on social apps like TikTok and Snapchat.
Most young adults say as long as the meaning is conveyed, the technical accuracy of the writing just doesn’t matter anymore. And only a third of Gen Z’ers even bother to proofread their messages before sending them.
Kyrie Eleison! Yes, it’s a song, but it’s also Latin. Look it up. Your grandparents will be proud.
Next up: Abbreviations. Or should I say, abbreves.