I’ve wondered about this one for a while.
I grew up reading massive amounts of books, from classical literature, to modern fiction, crime novels, history books, biographies, heck even a few romance novels for good measure. Because of this I have a pretty good eye for not only grammar, but also when someone is conveying more subtle points.
But this doesn’t seem to be the case with a lot of people I know. At work anyone my age or younger guaranteed writes what older people would consider “half-English” and even some of the older folks have gone that direction too.
I’m no stranger to texting and shortcuts, but part of the problem I’ve noticed isn’t that people are saying more with less, it’s that they aren’t saying anything at all… or that they have something in mind but can’t really say it.
On the other side of the coin, fewer and fewer people my age and younger seem to be able to properly read and understand what’s being conveyed. Especially when it’s not as simple as, press this button, do this thing, etc… Meaning that when they are asked to do something like “consider the implications of geography in the political juggling between Afghanistan and Pakistan” they pretty much have no idea how to respond.