One of the common themes in both our class discussions and reading materials is the tendency to view the ability to read and write as superior to other forms of communication such as oral traditions. I suppose texting could be grouped under the umbrella of “Being Able to Write”, even though it takes on a digital form. However with all of the built-in features that ensure correct spelling and grammar, is texting lowering our ability to think for ourselves? To develop our own level of literacy, however it may be defined?
I know for myself, I will often times type letters near the word that I am trying to spell in hopes of my phone getting the general idea. With the decline of written word and an increase in communication via screen, perhaps autocorrect is purely helpful (if I’m honest, I’ve used it multiple times already just writing this post). I can’t help but wonder, however, if dependence on a device to magically make us perfect spellers won’t have some kind of negative effect on our ability to recognize and form words on our own.