Grammarly did a little info compiling based on celebrity tweets on Twitter, and came up with some interesting statistics. (You can see the infographic here.) They concluded things like female celebrities make fewer overall writing errors than do male celebrities, younger celebrities make more grammar mistakes than their older counterparts, and to no one’s surprise I’m sure, writers make the least amount of spelling and grammar mistakes online.
This got me thinking. How hard do we (that’s anyone, celebrity or not) try to be correct while composing a tweet?
First of all, there is the limited character issue. I’ve been known to type bks for books so I could fit my entire message. Should that count against me? I’d think not, since I did it on purpose. So maybe tweets aren’t the right place to focus. Let’s say online anywhere.
Do you work hard to make sure an email you send to a friend is correct in both grammar and spelling? How about Facebook updates and comments? As a writer, anything I type for public consumption, be it a blog or Facebook update, is written with every effort at correct spelling and grammar. Yes, I’ve been known to go with a synonym of a word if I’m not sure in the moment how to spell it and don’t have time to look it up. (Please tell me I’m not on the only one.)
This is not to say everything I put out there is correct. I end up with typos in Facebook updates all the time. It’s annoying and a product of needing to be doing eight other things while typing the update. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.)
I remember when I first started exchanging emails with one of my little brothers. He’d been using computers on a regular basis since high school where I didn’t have this luxury until college. All of his emails were in lower case with no punctuation. Drove. Me. Nuts. But it was as if this was acceptable because this was typing some email and why should the rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation be applied? What does it matter?
For me, it matters. How about for you? Is this all a sign that our language skills are going to hell in a hand basket? Or am I being annoyingly uptight? (Totally fair answer and I will not be offended.)