What are implications of cyber
communication on writing skill of
Educators are concerned that the youth
diary writing or free writing habits are
being taken over by face book and text
Eventually, this medium is altering their
Resource person: -
Sir Muhammad Shaban Rafi
ID #: - 090418002 MSc (Applied Linguistics)
University of Management and Technology,
Johar Town, Lahore.
According to The Free Dictionary Online
Cyber is a prefix
Used to describe a person, thing, or idea as part
of the computer and information age
That means computer or computer network
For example: -
cyber crime cyber communication cyberpunk
cyber age cyber culture cyberspace
It is an electronic medium in which online
communication takes place
Pew Institute and American Life Project
60 percent of teenagers did not consider text
messaging and electronic communication to
be real writing
Two thirds of the students used emoticons
and Internet abbreviations such as “LOL” in
Author of Language and the Internet
Rejects the notion that Internet harms
Internet increases the expressive richness of
Providing language new set of communicative
dimensions that haven’t existed in past
Actively changing nature of Internet makes
it difficult to study its effects
He believes its influence on language is small.
Language is meant to change, to evolve
Modern English is not same as Shakespearean
English and should not be like that
Purpose of language is to communicate
Language and writing should adapt the method
that makes communication most effective
Regardless of whether poor writing habits come from
text messaging, Internet use or another factor
Educators need to emphasize students basics of good
Grammar and spelling lessons may not be effective
side of teaching
But they are imperative if students are to improve
their writing skills
Strong writing comes from repeatedly learning the
rules, practicing and mastering those rules
Outside factors cannot damage students’ writing as
much if students understand what is and is not
acceptable in academic writing
Some implications of cyber communication on
teenagers’ writing skills: -
If u wnt 2 se how fast ur mdr cn run? Jst tel hr: Ami
dudh ubl gaya.
This sentence is Grammatically, semantically and
No proper spellings are there
Sender is using Urdu version and mixing Urdu code
into English language
Infusion of Urdu language into English
Did these spelling mistakes intentionally and used
abbreviations instead of spellings for his/her
These spelling mistakes or abbreviations are
Now a day it is a cool way of communication.
Used English spellings for Urdu words because
teenagers are very much use to and feel it very
easy to write English spellings on internet or cell
phone instead of Urdu.
Secondly he/she is successful in conveying
These new words being abbreviations for
existing long words don't enrich anything but
they are just shortening the original words.
Whts hpnd wid u….?
This sentence is also syntactically and
Again writer used the abbreviations instead of
Saved his/her time and energy
Successful in conveying his/her message
These abbreviations are shortening of the original
And creating new words for English language
Nobody cn give u advice than urself. So if u wnt 2 take
any opinion. u take suggestion from ur heart becuz ur
heart is ur mirror which shoz ri8 path 4 ur leading way.
Victory lidz u 4 success.
Maan 4 u: salam my dear frndz don’t ad xchange nd
join, “zabi-15” becuz he is a lier prson. 4m the owner
of maan 4. plz show it 2 my frndz.
Writer again used abbreviations and shortenings
instead of whole spellings.
These shortenings has made the writer more creative
and he/she has become much more successful in
According to Erin Jansen, David Crystal and
Teachers need to make sure students
understand the uses and rules of language
Eventually, this medium is altering the
teenager’s typographical skills.
Yes, this medium is altering the typographical
skills of teenagers
“Is this medium changing the language?”
The answer is “NO”.
Why? Because it is only changing the spellings
of words not the language.
In this era English language has changed into
lingua franca and has got the status of world
Now there are European English, American
English, Australian English, Indian English,
Singaporean English, African English and so
They all have typographical styles and these
changes are acceptable all over the world.
So we may say that this typographical change
will enrich English and everybody will get a
room to communicate in English very easily.
For Example: - In Navajo
It is important to express both the nature and
direction of movement.
English – One dresses.
Navajo – One moves into clothing.
English – One is young.
Navajo – One moves about newly.
After this discussion it is concluded that English language has got
so many typographical changes till its birth.
These changes enriched it very much and gave it the status of
lingua franca and world Englishes.
If there were no changes then perhaps English language never got
so much appreciation and status of lingua franca.
Can Shakespeare understands this English language?
Answer will definitely be “No”.
Reason is, English has got so many changes and people of every
age and area developed their own words according to their needs.
These words facilitated them as they wanted
When a word is introduced in a speech community it becomes the
part of that language and every body of that speech community can
use and understand it frequently.
So we can say that every new introduced word enrich a language
have a good day
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