11/12/2008

SMS messages take longer to read

University of Tasmania lecturer Nenagh Kemp says abbreviated SMS messages take longer to read and understand than conventional English.

Her study showed that it took 55 students around 26 seconds to read a SMS message with abbreviated spelling while it took the students only 14 seconds to read similar messages with conventional English spelling.

Kemp, a psychology lecturer who specializes in language use concludes, "It's quicker to write in textisms, but when you go on to read it, it took people longer. As skilled adult readers, we're used to reading full words and sentences, so it is harder for us to decipher." SMS, TEXT MESSAGE

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