I have never really believed all the hype about the detrimental effect that computers and new technology are having on young people today - until now, that is!
The 'experts'continue to warn us about the fact that children sitting in their rooms playing computer games or browsing some badly pixilated porn site on the Internet are becoming obese and brainfrazzled. This, we are told, is the next generation of heart attack victims waiting to happen.Why don't kids turn off their television sets and go and read something less boring instead? Don't the experts realise that reading is an equally sedentary experience?
Then there is the mobile phone and the dreaded text message. The only thing that is more annoying than a mobile phone ringing on a train is the GNER tannoy announcement by some spotty customer service manager blaring out the insightful message that mobile phones are annoying and can people please refrain from using them where they may cause an annoyance to others.
Anyway, I digress. The reason that I am coming round to the view that the computer and the mobile phone are devices of the devil is that people no longer seem to remember how to spell, are not able to use capital letters in their communications, and commit various other text-message abuses of the English language.
I regularly receive applications for employment via e-mail containing lower case letters at the start of a sentence, random capitalised nouns and informal signing off comments such as 'ta'or 'cheers'.
A A job at my office? gt Stufd!