Writing and the English language is slowly losing prominence
Written by Chris Skarnulis, Arts and Entertainment Editor
The English language and writing go hand-in-hand as the most accepted forms of oral tradition in the history of the United States.
Both have developed through many centuries and continue to do so in present day. As America transitions from a period of dependence on proper writing skills and use of the English language to a period that relies heavily on the use of technology, today’s youth lack a proper grasp of communication.
It goes without saying that society’s standards have dropped, and let today’s youth get away with an inadequate grasp of their native tongue. Texting, emojis and slang now dominate the youth’s language. This dilemma has most notably spread worldwide, as America becomes more illiterate.
There is no single cause to this dilemma, but a major root cause is the lack of “mental focus” in today’s society. This has the most significant effect on reading. De-focused reading stems from the shift of students’ attention away from dealing with written words, as people are more attracted towards the visuals of TV and the auditory experience of popular music. Instead of “reading a classic,” the youth prefer social media and entertainment. This is not to be interpreted as television and media being a bad thing, but it is a major distraction to It is a sad state of affairs, but society is being molded into one that tolerates poor writing skills and a weak grasp of the English language. It i s not necessarily society’s fault, as the problem can be attributed to the evolution of technological advances. Writing and proper use of English language cannot be simply ignored. These qualities need to be better impressed on so that they do not simply fade away as if they were never important forms of communication. students when they should be focusing on the “big picture,” which is academic success.
For a long period of time, America was a society that relied heavily on the usage of writing skills. Without developed technology and lack of the Internet, many denominations in America’s working class had to resort to the only known way of recording work: pen and paper. Now, in the twenty-first century, writing is in many ways a second language. Technology has become more prevalent and advanced than ever before, instead of writing by hand, writing has been reduced to finger motion on smartphones.
The most evident form of writing that has lost its touch is cursive. Cursive, at one time, was the required form of writing in society. Now, the standard has dropped; any form of handwriting is accepted in both the academic and professional world.
It also has a strong impact on students’ and their academic studies. In “old-school education,” it was expected that a student write all notes and assignments by hand. In just a short period of time, the expectations have significantly changed. The continuing evolution of technology, though having its perks and appeal, has made individuals “lazy.” At this point, individuals have become solely reliant on everything but their hands to take care of their writing purposes. Society as a whole in the twenty-first century lacks proper “mental focus,” and this in turn can have a negative impact on an individual’s writing.