Should the government regulate social media? Why or why not?

  1. Write an outline on the topic: Should the Government regulate social media? Why or Why not

  2. Follow the sample format below to answer this question.

  3. Your work must have the correct citations.

**Important: Plagiarism will not be tolerated.

***Sample outline format***


Short Message Service and Spelling Ability


– SMS has revolutionized communication

– Recent Statistics (Nielsen): Average American teen: 3,339 messages per month

– Objective/Purpose of Research Paper:

o To explore the benefits of SMS

o To expound on the effects of SMS use particularly on the spelling proficiency of teens


– Background:

o A mechanism of delivery of short messages over the mobile networks (

o Concept development: 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert (

o First text message: “Merry Christmas” from Neil Patworth to Richard Jarvis on 1992 (

– Benefits of SMS

o Relative ease of message typing with the use of shortcuts in spelling (e.g. “you” -> “u”)

o Fast transfer of messages from sender to recipient

o Strengthens literacy


– Effects of SMS and spelling proficiency

o Fear: poor “textism” (language used in texting) leads to poor spelling

o Studies show that texting improves reading and writing

Coventry University and University of Tasmania: text shortcuts improve spelling ability of primary school, secondary school, and university students



Texting and usage of text shortcuts do not negatively affect the spelling ability of learners at any age.