First, let me welcome you to UsingEnglish, Skrymik.
There have been, for centuries, many complaints identical to yours, and I'm only being frank and honest, they've never amounted to much. Language takes care of itself, it always has and it always will.
Text messaging is no different than, say, Morse Code and I'm sure that you'll agree that English has survived that with little difficulty.
Have a read of this article,
"The Decline of Grammar" by G Nunberg. Here's a short excerpt.
There are some other links at the link, above, that you can click on that discusses this topic further.But while it is understandable that speakers of a language with a literary tradition would tend to be pessimistic about its course, there is no more hard evidence for a general linguistic degeneration than there is reason to believe that Aaron and Rose are inferior to Ruth and Gehrig.
Most of my fellow linguists, in fact, would say that it is absurd even to talk about a language changing for the better or the worse. When you have the historical picture before you, and can see how Indo-European gradually slipped into Germanic, Germanic into Anglo-Saxon, and Anglo-Saxon into the English of Chaucer, then Shakespeare, and then Henry James, the process of linguistic change seems as ineluctable and impersonal as continental drift. From this Olympian point of view, not even the Norman invasion had much of an effect on the structure of the language, and all the tirades of all the grammarians since the Renaissance sound like the prattlings of landscape gardeners who hope by frantic efforts to keep Alaska from bumping into Asia.
The long run will surely prove the linguists right: English will survive whatever "abuses" its current critics complain of. And by that I mean not just that people will go on using English and its descendants in their daily commerce but that they will continue to make art with it as well.
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