Text Talk & Stupid PeopleIf people are on mobile, I understand if they do text talk, have a few typos, don't use punctuation, and so on - usually, mobile keyboards are hard to type on, and your thumbs or other fingers can easily touch wrong letters. But seriously, people, if you're on a COMPUTER, or even a large-screen mobile device (like an iPad) , your keyboards are pretty easy to type on. You should AT LEAST use capital letters and punctuation!
I know some people say that "Oh, it's just the internet; I don't have to spell things right!" , and I know that you won't get in trouble for doing it online, but still - the human race needs to be intelligent, right? I'm not saying that toddlers have to be geniuses, but come on: We're civilized people! We worked hard to actually create a language and alphabet, so we shouldn't just undo all that effort.
And it's not just ELA - math and science and social studies! Humans have been alive for a long time, and we've discovered so many amazing things about mathematics and how the world works. We shouldn't let that go to waste. Don't get me wrong - I DO NOT, in ANY way, believe that people should study complicated textbooks, suffer through in-depth math problems, and learn everything about every second of history. I'm just saying we should know the basics.
I don't want humans to end up idiots - fat, lazy creatures who never leave their house, spend all day virtually going places (but never actually leaving your bed) through robot technology connected to a handheld screen you control from your bedroom, have food tubes that deliver nutrients to our bodies (and cakes and cupcakes and chips delivered to our bed by a robot) , and - *shudder* - not know anything! Will we one day have to look everything up on Google? Will there come a time when a 40-year-old needs to ask Siri how to spell 'house'? Will a teenager ever post on social media that "the Titanic never actually happened and it was just a movie"? Sadly, the last scenario has happened. I don't know about the others, but look at the cover image for this chapter to see what I mean.
If I'd started the chapter like that, you would have been thinking, "Wow, this is going to be hard to read. She spelled so many things wrong... I don't understand this sentence. At all. And what word is she trying to spell here? Does this sentence end here and another one is starting? She needs to use some periods..."
In conclusion: Unless you are on a mobile device with a small screen, please try to use correct spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar whenever possible!