Today, the change of writing style and habits of students as well as people of different age and social groups has a considerable impact on the writing and perception of individuals. At this point, it is possible to refer to the article Texting Slang Invading Academic Writing by Matt Krupnick, where the author explores the emerging use of the shorthand writing in academic writing, as well as in the communication between students and educators. This is the reflection of the new trend in writing habits of students, who are strongly influenced by the development of new technologies and implementation of new communication means. Without any doubts this trend would have its impact upon formation of the communication style of younger generations and probably also upon their future professional development. Most of educators agree that shorthand is one of the indicators of poor professionalism of students and other individuals. Therefore, the development of shorthand raises the problem of misinterpretation of individuals and deterioration of the quality and effectiveness of their communication.
Matt Krupnick reveals the growing use of the shorthand by students in their regular communication that contributes to the wider use of shortened words in their formal communication and academic writing. The wide use of the shorthand leads to the development of the informal communication style and prevents the development of the effective communication because of wide gaps between interlocutors, especially, when they are involved in the formal communication. The formal communication involves the use of the traditional communication style and respective formal language. However, students tend to use the shorthand even in their academic writing and their communication with their educators. The use of the shorthand is often offensive for educators and is the marker of the level of the professional development of students (Krupnick 4). As a result, the quality of the communication between students and educators deteriorates under the impact of the shorthand used by students. Educators attempt to help students to regain skills of the formal writing but they face difficulties with such transition because students use shortened words amply in their regular communication and texting. This is why they face substantial difficulties with the transition toward conventional, formal language. However, even younger educators slip to pitfalls of the shorthand and use shortened words in their writing (Krupnick 6). Such a situation leads to the wider use of the shorthand has a considerable impact on the writing as well as communication.
The emerging use of the shorthand by students is the result of the growing impact of technology on the lifestyle and communication of people, especially the younger generation. In fact, the shorthand emerged in response to the progress of new technologies that open wide opportunities for the communication between individuals. However, the extensive communication between individuals involves the use of the shorthand that facilitates the communication and allows conveying more information. Technology has become the major
driver of the development of the shorthand and influences considerable the cultural development of the modern society. Technology changes the way of communication between people. For example, many educators point out that their students write to them or write their academic papers as if they are texting (Kupnick 8). In such a way, the impact of the shorthand is overwhelming and affects consistently the development of writing of students as well as other individuals.
At the same time, it is not only younger people but also older ones, who use the shorthand in their communication, but the problem is not the use of shorthand itself but the fact that people tend to use it in their formal communication, as is the case of students using the shorthand in their academic writing. In fact, the use of the shorthand is common for different age groups because this is a large scale cultural phenomenon driven by the technology, which affects the communication style of individuals and their writing. On the other hand, they use the shorthand in their formal communication that has a negative impact on the quality of communication. The wide use of the shorthand leads to the miscommunication between individuals. The involvement of the shorthand in the regular communication between individuals leads to the wrongful perception of individuals. For example, some educators point out that the use of shortened words and texting writing style reveals the incompetence of individuals (Krupnick 5). The development of the specific communication style based on the shorthand is, therefore, dangerous for the professional development of individuals and may raise unexpected barriers on their way to their career progress.
The elimination of the shorthand from the informal or less formal communication is essential for the prevention of its use in the formal communication because the habit of using the shorthand in the informal communication becomes too strong to the extent that people use it in the formal communication unconsciously too. The informal communication between individuals is different from the formal communication but it is virtually impossible to eliminate the shorthand, unless individuals are aware of the inappropriateness of using shortened words intheir writing. For example, many individuals do not believe shortened words interfere into their communication. The development of the effective formal communication starts with the understanding of the importance of the use of the proper language and writing style. In this regard, the elimination of the shorthand in the less formal communication is essential for the prevention of the use of shortened words in the formal communication. The introduction of the effective communication at the formal level involves the use of the proper language and writing style.
In such a way, the elimination of the shorthand from the formal writing is possible but people should be aware of the important of the shorthand elimination. At the same time, the shorthand is the integral part of the regular communication between individuals in the contemporary society. People use the shorthand as a way of communication, which they start taking for granted. As a result, it becomes more and more difficult to change their attitude to the shorthand and shift their writing habits toward the use of the formal, standard language instead of the shorthand.
Thus, the shorthand is a challenge for the formal writing and formal communication today. However, communication between individuals requires the use of different writing styles, including informal and formal ones. Shorthand used to be the indicator of informal language and writing; its application for formal writing was not acceptable. However, nowadays shorthand could be considered a part of contemporary culture, as writing styles are also under the impact of technological progress.
Krupnick, M. Texting Slang Invading Academic Writing. Seattle Times. Retrieved from http://seattletimes.com/html/living/2011602956_slang14.html