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***


Topic:

Short Message Service and Spelling Ability


Introduction:

– 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


Body:

– Background:

o A mechanism of delivery of short messages over the mobile networks (http://www.wirelessdevnet.com/channels/sms/features/sms.html)

o Concept development: 1984 by Friedhelm Hillebrand and Bernard Ghillebaert (http://mashable.com/2012/09/21/text-messaging-history/)

o First text message: “Merry Christmas” from Neil Patworth to Richard Jarvis on 1992 (http://mashable.com/2012/09/21/text-messaging-history/)

– 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

(http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/can-texting-help-spelling)

– 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

(http://national.deseretnews.com/article/1778/texting-helps-not-hinders-childrens-grammar-and-spelling-study-says.html)


Conclusion:

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