Text messages, blogging and social media can actually help hone the skills of youngsters, finds a study.
The finding go contrary to many people branding text messages as the bane of modern-day writing, claiming that the widespread use of abbreviations and slang is chipping away at basic writing skills, Daily Mail reported.
Conducted for Britain's Department for Education, the study found that "blog owners and pupils using a social networking site reported to be significantly better writers compared to pupils who don't use blogs or social networking sites".
The report -- "What is the research evidence on writing?" -- was penned by the Education Standards Research Team from the Department for Education and looked at the impact of technology on writing.