A generation of “auto-correct” adults are struggling to spell properly after relying on technology to check their work, according to research published today.
Around a third of people in Britain are unable to accurately spell words such as “definitely”, “separate” and “necessary”, it was revealed.
The study found that just a fifth of over-18s could properly pick out a series of potentially tricky words from a list. Teenagers and those in their early 20s were the worst spellers, it emerged.
Mark Goldring, chief executive of Mencap, the charity for people with learning disabilities, which commissioned the research, said that poor spelling risked hampering school leavers’ job prospects.
"With over two-thirds of Britons now having to rely on spell check, we are heading towards an auto-correct generation,” he said.
"Today's tough economic climate means that poor spelling on a CV is fatal, as it says that an individual cannot produce work to a given standard, no matter how highly qualified they might be. Language used by a company or person is a reflection of their attitude, capabilities and skill."
Source: The Telegraph
Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/9280203/Over-reliance-on-technology-is-undermining-spelling-skills.html
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