"The iPad generation will learn fewer words, experts fear, as using text messages, emails and computers to learn could be stunting children’s vocabulary."
"Children are increasingly learning through tablets adn smartphones, researchers claim"
That's why my toddler only reads printed copies of The Awl.
Because all human language has ground to a halt. Oh, and because iPads and smartphones have no audio capabilities.
@And then Katie said
k, butt, aren't a bunch of words in english like extra and stuff.
Yeah, but they'll learn all those icons!
@deepomega I guess if they're reading Dan Brown on the iPad.
@deepomega Can we also blame the person/hand walk/don't walk signs while we are at it?
Right, I can totally see how too much reading and typing actual words on a keyboard would stunt your vocabulary. What do text messages and emails have to do with words anyway? We need to go back to how we did it when I was a kid, with the enriching He-Man cartoons and the Super Nintendo with like five buttons.
@smartastic ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A
Parents just need to use the right shocks and pellets.
I long for the halcyon days of the 19th century when all toddlers were geniuses and worked for a living.
I think that ship has already sailed. Half the people I know on Facebook write like drunken dyslexics.
@LondonLee Plus, the languages with phonetic alphabet make for unfair competition. Those people only have to learn like 30 or so letters corresponding to each sound, and bam! – they are perfect spellers for life and write like fucking geniuses compared to the majority of English speakers, who get to look like idiots at least every once in a while.
I learned my vocabulary on a Etch-a-Sketch.
C'mon guys, you don't understand that literacy works like unemployment: those who don't even try don't count. So, the millions of children that didn't even try to read or write before the pads and the phones simply don't count! For example, the great 19th century had no other people (that count) in it except for the aristocracy and the writers and the artists that entertained them. This is why we say things were so much better back then.
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