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When I get a message from my 17-year-old brother to WhatsApp, I tremble; I know that I will spend more than five minutes reading, rereading and trying to decipher those phrases that seem to come from the Rosetta stone itself: “Tk mxo, bss "…, Ehhhh, have all the vowels on your mobile been damaged?
Well, that's right, this is the type of writing that children and adolescents of today see and build thanks to social networks. We are in the era of immediacy, of writing faster than talking and thinking, so if I eat a few letters and change some for others, it saves me work and effort, and there is also the incentive that the receiver understand perfectly. But beware Children's spelling mistakes on social networks take their toll on an academic level.
This worries me tremendously, explaining to my brother that Don Quixote would not be the same if his first sentence had been: "N a place d l Mncha, d qyo nmbre no kiero akordarm", has not yielded results; he keeps narrowing down the words as if it didn't matter; And worst of all, I have already come across some books for pre-teens where the dialogues between the characters were written that way.
The Rubio company, the one that taught us to make decent calligraphy in primary school, has written a report in which it has reviewed the twenty most common misspellings of children and adolescents on social networks:
- The tildes seem to have disappeared from the map; they have always brought me upside down personally, but we must admit that it is not the same to write: “nonsense, shoot yourself; or, the loss of my sister, that the loss of my sister "...
- The thing continues with the disappearance of the letter h and the punctuation marks.
- The change of the letter c for k or for q.
- The change of the elles by the Greek Y
- The letter j, which we abuse so much that its impression of the key is erased, ha ha ha.
- The confusion between ‘to see’ and ‘there’, ‘to’ and ‘ha’ or ‘Ay!’, ‘There’ and ‘there’.
The issue becomes worrisome when thinking that visual memory is stronger than any spelling ruleHence the importance of reading books every day. Currently, the age of the first mobile phone is set between 9 and 10 years old, a time in which they still have not well assimilated grammar or spelling, so seeing those same misspelled words every day ends up causing an internalization on the part of the kids that will be difficult to correct.
In the middle of the digital age is when we read the most and we write the most, so much so that, according to a study: Global Kids online "Children's rights in the digital age", Spanish adolescents who are now 15 years old, had their first mobile with 12 years, while at this time, those between 9 and 10 years old, had their first phone with 7.
Therefore, now more than ever we must insist on careful writing, reminding our children, and even ourselves that:
- It is convenient to reread what is written and try to correct the errors.
- Do not get carried away by comfort and speed, but for the pleasure of seeing the sentence well written.
- Don't forget the punctuation marks.
- If you don't know how to spell the word, use spell checkers, although sometimes they are the ones who play tricks on us.
- Don't stop reading books.
- The more you practice the better you will write.
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