OnlineSchools.com Premieres Infographic Displaying Impacts of Technology on Student Writing

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After its recent debut, OnlineSchools.com released an infographic highlighting the degree to which internet and text messaging slang appears in middle and high school student writing assignments.

"...the fact is that these kids are spending more time writing than ever before.”

OnlineSchools.com, a new education hub that provides parents and students with information on accredited online schools from kindergarten through graduate school, released an infographic today on how teen usage of internet and text slang is making its way into classrooms. The infographic incorporates data from a study published by Amanda Lenhart, Senior Research Specialist at Pew Internet & American Life Project.

OnlineSchools.com chose to focus on a portion of the study that breaks down how teens’ engagement in electronic communication, such as text messaging and social networking, affects their schoolwork and their attitudes about writing in and outside of the classroom. Eighty-five percent of these teens admit to engaging in some kind of personal, electronic communication, yet 60 percent of them do not consider these e-communications to be writing.

“Though many parents think e-communication can be distracting to their children,” said Seth Restaino, spokesperson for OnlineSchools.com, “the fact is that these kids are spending more time writing than ever before.”

Despite scholarly concern about text and instant messaging leading to the deterioration of sentence structure, the Oxford English Dictionary now includes entries for “OMG” and “LOL” and nearly two-thirds of teens admit to including this kind of shorthand in their schoolwork. Yet 73 percent believe that their usage of e-messaging technology has no impact on the quality of their school writing.

To see the complete infographic and remain up-to-date with education trends and news coverage, visit OnlineSchools.com and follow @onlineschools on Twitter.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a comprehensive directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that best meet their needs. The company is a leader in protecting Internet visitor privacy and in ethical marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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