04/24/2008 - Teens may spend a lot of time texting and IMing, but they don't consider those short exchanges to be writing. If it's not assigned to them through school, they have a hard time thinking about it as legit.
These are among the findings of a national phone survey of 700 young people (ages 12 to 17) and their parents conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project and the National Commission on Writing last fall, the results of which were released Thursday. Eight focus groups in four cities also were questioned in the summer of 2007. (Full report: Writing, Teens and Technology)
"Parents and teens agree on one thing -- writing is incredibly important for teens' futures," said Amanda Lenhart, Pew's researcher on the project. She said parents are generally more positive about technology's impact on a child's work and teens want to improve their writing, being most motivated to write creatively and about topics close to their lives.
Read the full article BTW, PPL, It's OK 4 Teens 2 TXT on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer Web site.