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TED Talks: John McWhorter on Why Texting is Good for the Brain

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Do you hate or love the lingo we use while texting? Do the grammatical inaccuracies irk you, or do you delight in the weird way we shorten words and create new ones? In this eye-opening talk from TED 2013, linguist John McWhorter discusses the way texting is revolutionizing the way our brains process language. He calls texting “fingered speech,” and argues that it is an entirely new language that our minds process like speech but enable by typing. Instead of killing language, like many people view the new sloppy-looking writing of texting, McWhorter reveals that texting represents an entirely new way of writing and communicating, and argues that it’s good for our brains. This refreshing, funny and engaging talk reveals…

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What does this text mean?

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It’s no surprise that the popularity of text messaging has changed the world of dating. The emotions that used to require an awkward phone conversation, or—worse!—eye contact, can now be conveyed with just a few taps on your phone screen.  This isn’t always a good thing. The ease with which text messages are sent mean that they are also completely unromantic. Sure, it’s nice to hear from a date that he had a good time, but wouldn’t a phone call make you feel even more special? Text messages can also be difficult to interpret because they are not really conversations, though they pretend to be. Let’s say you have a date on Friday, and you text the next day to…

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