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The International Herald Tribune writes about the latest study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project on how technology is impacting the writing style of teenagers in the United States.

“It is nothing to LOL about: Despite best efforts to keep school writing assignments formal, two-thirds of U.S. teens admit in a survey that emoticons and other informal styles have crept in.

The Pew Internet and American Life Project, in a study released Thursday, also found that teens who keep blogs or use social-networking sites like Facebook or News Corp.’s MySpace have a greater tendency to slip nonstandard elements into assignments.

The results may give parents, teachers and others a big :( – a frown to the rest of us – though the study’s authors see hope.”

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