Actually I was planning to write a blog on another topic but the amount of red lines that came under my words, while writing urged me to write this article.Smart phones are now a part and parcel of our lives, we spend anywhere between 2 to 4 hours easily with a smart phone during a day, knowingly or unknowingly. The habit of checking our phones every 10 minutes has made us detached from the world. But apart from the health hazard that the same Whatsapp (This is a correct spelling yet the red line will appear below the word Whatsapp) forwards talk about, there are many other ways in which the smart phones are making us dumber and in some cases even retarded.
1. Auto Correct
Many of us admire the Auto Correct features that we have in our phones as now we can have perfect spellings without even having to learn them. This feature may reduce our need to study spellings but many a times we do not realise (again another red line for realise because the Americans say Realize), the necessity of knowing the correct spellings. During our earlier days, we were asked to read one page of a dictionary daily so that we could improve our vocabulary. Dictionary and Wren and Martin were constant companions of anyone who wanted better English. With Auto Correct features in our phones, we do not have an option to neither think about the words or their spellings or to even use words of our choice. Some how Auto Correct features have killed the beauty of our conversation by restricting the use of new words. Auto Correct many a times suggest us the choice of words, which kind of dominates our minds and we stop using our brains while conversing.
2. Bad Grammar
If not knowing spelling was bad enough,Smart Phones have introduced a new language “The SMS” Language, that our teachers would call it then. While the SMS Language is nothing but using shorter versions of the words that are already available. Thanks to the limited characters to about 250 during the Nokia days, we had per SMS (during those days per SMS Cost 3RS. and an additional word meant an additional Rs.3 was lost), people started to cut down words, without considering the spelling or grammar.
For Eg:- I Wl b dwn in 10 min instead of I will come down in 10 Minutes.
As time passed, we have now almost forgotten on how to write a complete sentence. Even though this may now look harmful to some people but this culture is slowly killing the languages. With the sticker features being introduced in our phones now we have almost started showing features of monkeys who talk animatedly, than the human beings.
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