Are you a stickler for good grammar? Some of us are, but it seems we’re in the minority these days, as a new survey finds most young adults think proper spelling and grammar don’t matter anymore.
According to the poll:
- Less than a quarter of Gen Z uses periods, commas and quotation marks in their casual communications, but 55% of those over the age of 65 say they always do when texting and posting online.
- Surprisingly, 69% of all respondents are most likely to use correct punctuation in text messages, but less than 10% bother with it on social media platforms like Snapchat and TikTok.
- Only half of Gen Z and millennials even bother to differentiate between “their,” “there” and “they’re,” while 80% of those over 65 do.
- A lot of folks can’t even be bothered to use capital letters, as just a quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds use capital letters correctly, but 61% of seniors do.
- Only 16% of Gen Z and 28% of millennials always use periods at the end of sentences.
- Younger generations are into using abbreviations, as two-thirds of respondents under age 35 regularly use them, compared to 21% of those over 65.
- As for why people don’t bother with proper spelling, punctuation and grammar, 22% say it just takes too long and that as long as the meaning is conveyed, accuracy doesn’t matter.
Source: Study Finds
- If you’ve read a text or a post from a younger person, you’ve seen this for yourself!
- Do you think using the correct spelling, punctuation and grammar are important? Do you always use them in texts and casual communication? If not, why?
- What grammatical mistakes frustrate you the most? Do you ever correct other people’s spelling, punctuation or grammar?