[Air-l] Empirical Studies of Effects of IM on School Writing

Naomi Susan Baron nbaron at american.edu
Mon Apr 7 09:45:19 PDT 2003

Does anyone know of actual, empirical studies being done on the effects
(purported or real) of instant messaging on the written school work of
teens and college-aged students? In parts of the world where texting on
mobile phones is pervasion, the same question goes for the effects of

There's a lot of talk in the media on these issues, but it would be useful
to know if anyone has gotten beyond the anecdote stage.



Naomi S. Baron
Professor of Linguistics
American University
Washington, DC  20016-8045

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