In 2003, there was a study that showed that all this writing online was actually making kids more comfortable
with writing in general. In 2004, a study showed (like this one) that with a little instruction kids easily understood the difference
between texting and writing. In 2005, a study actually found that kids were better writers
than in the past “using far more complex sentence structures, a wider vocabulary and a more accurate use of capital letters, punctuation and spelling” even if they sometimes let a txtism into their writing. And, in 2006, a study showed that students showed no ill effects
from widespread text and IM messaging.