Indeed the use of the internet has a lot of effect on us. Like everything in life, it has its advantage and its disadvantage. But the best thing is to always strike a balance no matter what it is we do, because even water when taken too much can make you tired. Using the internet has become so easy with the ability to use them in almost all devices. As a result, texting has become a hobby to most people especially the youths. Now in order to be very fast and to appear funny or jovial, during these chat sessions, we apply a lot of shorthand and use some computer languages. This is very good when you are chatting as long as it doesn’t affect you when asked to write a formal letter. At an interview last week, the applicants were asked to write a formal letter as part of the test for the recruitment exercise and I was so sad to discover that most of them used shorthand and internet languages in a formal letter. At that point, I realized that a lot of us have deteriorated instead of getting better simply because of the Internet Syndrome. Sometimes, I see posts on facebook and wonder why the owner of the post can’t take the pains to type out words in full. But then I always say to myself, maybe its because its facebook. But the truth is, it has become part of most of us to type in shorthand even in very formal occasions. Many think that the social networks don’t affect them, but sadly they do. Our youths cannot write down complete sentences without putting in shorthand. Our writing has suffered, no punctuation, no paragraphs etc. You receive an important email and it looks like it was written by a kindergarten pupil. What are the ways you think we should balance our use of shorthand such that it doesn’t affect us in formal settings. I need your contributions. Be Enlightened! Be Inspired!! Be Motivated!!!