Social media changing grammar, language

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By Keagan Harsha

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM/NBC) - Once upon a time, several decades ago, there lived a people without Twitter, Instagram, and yes, even Facebook.

For kids today, that's almost hard to believe, because fast forward 30 years, and this is what you see: a college so shaped by the language of social media, that college students have to be taught how to write basic, grammatically correct sentences.

"It drives me nuts, it really does," says Priscilla Duran.

Priscilla Duran teaches a technical writing class at Southwest University. She says she's seen students writing get progressively worse since she started teaching.

"It's correction after correction and I don't feel like I'm teaching, I feel like an editor," she says.

However, social media has also brought several positive changes to society. Couple Facebook with cell phones, and the ability to record video, and you'll find numerous examples where social media has literally changed the world.

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