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Submission + - Texting Hurts Ability to Decode New Words (sciencedaily.com)

garthsundem writes: "Does text messaging make texters more accepting of non-traditional language? Actually, the reverse is true. According to this University of Calgary study, texters lose the ability to infer meaning from words they haven't seen before. (Okay, it's a Masters thesis — but it's still pretty compelling.) In contrast, when presented with unfamiliar words, consumers of traditional media applied more sophisticated strategies to "decode" meaning. The study attributes this to more frequently coming across creative, unfamiliar words in traditional media. In contrast, texters stick to their sad little lexicons — and refuse to accept anything else."
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