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Michelle Drouin

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Department of Psychology

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

IPFW Sigma Xi (Scientific Research Honor Society) Student Research Competition



Text messaging has increased 450% over two years in the U.S. (Reardon, 2008). It consists of written language that is transmitted through cell phones and has become a dominant medium through which people, mostly young adults and adolescents, interact and communicate (Lenhart, Ling, Campbell & Purnell, 2010; Ling, 2010). This seemingly sudden increase and widespread use of text messaging has brought about the attention of both the media and literacy theorists. This is due to the fact that with the increase in the use of text messaging there has also been linguistic developments, similar to written communication online, which has been termed textese.

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