Teen Grammar



More and more often in a very technological era, more mistakes are showing up in teen writing in school, interviews, applications, and more formal settings. “Misspellings, missing punctuation, spacing mistakes, and abbreviations that are fine in text messages but not formal writing” (Potenza). Lately, more mistakes have been appearing in teen work. Most people blame it on the constant use of their cell phones causing them to pick up bad habits of laziness. Phones affect teens’ writing with shortcuts and laziness.


Teens pick up these bad habits by using shortcuts such as lol, hmu, fam, gtg, and many more. Teenagers that constantly use shortcuts start to form bad habits and they will not even realize it. These habits can start to show up in a formal setting like school work or applications. “The problem seems to be increasing in the age of texting, tweeting, and Facebook” (Potenza). Because more people are always on their phones, they are getting too comfortable with using short cuts or making mistakes. “ If you are constantly using a particular slang term, or a particular shortcut or abbreviation… it may not be surprising that that ends up creeping into your [school] work” (Potenza). When teens get too comfortable with the abbreviations, it reflects badly on them and can ruin their chances for certain careers in the future. Bad habits such as these can affect future possibilities for career choices later in life.


In order to avoid using incorrect grammar and writing styles, we will try to incorporate correct writing styles into our writing at school, as well as our social media. We will try not to use shortcuts, such as abbreviations, emoticons, or informal capitalization, in our writing. We, teens, will also proofread our work at least two times, and will take our time rather than rushing through our writing. We will also express our feelings through written and thought-out words instead of emoticons. Our work will not consist of poor grammar and shortcuts because of our phones and social media. We will write out abbreviations and will capitalize proper nouns. We will not use punctuation in the wrong places and will not use run-on sentences in our writing. We will also use different types of sentences instead of many simple sentences.


Social media influences teens’ schoolwork with incorrect writing styles and apathy. Texting and messaging has infected our writing in school, but we can fix our mistakes and get into good study habits with practice. “Also, 48 percent of the parents surveyed said their teens write more than they did when they were the same age” (Horowitz). If we practice writing correctly, we can impress others with our great writing skills on paper and with technology. Our job and college applications will not be tossed aside and not even read in the future if we, teens, have great pieces of writing.

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Ethan wrote the Solution and Conclusion Paragraphs in the flyer.

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