This is another installment in the “Graphs” series on trying to create graphs/charts of research data for easier sharing with others.

The 2009 Writing Survey–entitled “Young people’s writing: Attitudes, behaviour and the role of technology“, authored by Christina Clark and George Dugdale from National Literacy Trust– in the United Kingdom is described in this way:

This report outlines the findings from 3001 pupils aged 9-16 from England and Scotland, who completed an online survey in May 2009. It explores gender and age differences, and examines the link between socio-economic background (in terms of free school meals) and writing. Furthermore, it explores young people’s writing with respect to mobile phone ownership, having a blog and having a profile on a social networking site. It concludes with practical and policy implications.

A few graphs based on the data (all errors of interpretation and graphing are mine):

Research Finding: Blog owners in particular as well as young people with a profile on a social networking site reported to be significantly better writers when compared to their counterparts. There was no relationship with mobile phone and self-reported writing ability.

Research Finding: Technology in the lives of children and teenagers has been much vilified in the media in recent years, with recurring stories of children or teenagers using text message ‘speak’ in essays and exams, and technology interfering with young people’s writing behaviour. However, echoing US research (Pew Internet, 2008), Table 5 shows that compared to their counterparts, owning a mobile phone has no relationship with the extent to which young people write numerous genres at least once a month. Although we did not examine the content of young people’s text messages and the degree to which text message ‘speak’ may affect writing, text messaging behaviour per se does not appear to alter the degree to which young people engage in writing a number of different writing formats.

…when asked how frequently they use a computer, nearly half of young people (49.6%) said that they use a computer every day to write for fun or for family/friends, followed by over two-fifths (22.2%) who use it to write for fun or for family/friends two to three times a week. Only a fifth (18%) of young people said that they use a computer every day for schoolwork, followed by over a quarter (27%) who use it two to three times a week to write for schoolwork.

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