A new study suggests teens who crumple the English language into bite-sized chunks while sending instant messages aren’t losing the ability to spell.

Parents and teachers have long worried that teens who type phrases like LOL and substitute the letter u for you will eventually forget how to write a proper sentence. But new research from the University of Alberta suggests that kids who are good spellers remain good spellers whether texting or writing words out in full.

Those who have trouble spelling normal English words also tend to mess up in text messaging.
Author Connie Varnhagen says researchers looked at the way students between the ages of 12 and 17 communicated over instant messaging and then gave them a traditional spelling tests.