Recently, I saw this post on Facebook and I had to comment.
I can’t get used to it, either. I learned to type about 36 years ago and I’ve been typing or keyboarding daily since then. Why did this change even occur? Is there some logic behind it? This didn’t seem particularly oppressive to me as a typist, so I’m not sure what I’ve been freed from. I just really want to know who is out there counting the spaces and coming to the conclusion that the quality of whatever you’ve written declines if you’ve used more than one space after a sentence.
Seriously, the whole idea that we absolutely must comply with this new rule takes the concept of “grammar nazi” to a whole new level. If I want to add two spaces after each sentence, how is that hurting anyone?
It really doesn’t surprise me that this is a thing. Only this iteration of our society would think that it makes sense to change a well-known standard simply because they weren’t taught that way when they learned it. I fear, that like many other things that our kids are learning, this idea that we don’t need the two spaces comes from our children’s reluctance to learn how to keyboard in a way that is consistent with what the rest of us have been learning for the past fifty years or more. And that we are dumbing down typing because our kids have gotten lazy and dependent on computers, grammar checkers, spell check apps, and other crutches that make it unnecessary to think when they work.
I know that the new “rule” has been around since about 2007. But I’ve never really understood why changing this was a true necessity. I’m all for updating and revising when it actually improves something, but this change doesn’t seem to add any value. So, for me, I can’t see what difference it makes in the larger scheme of things. If it were something I was just learning for the first time, I might feel differently about it. But as it is, making this sort of change seems pointless and only perpetuates the idea that everything earlier generations put in place is outdated or somehow not adequate. Everything doesn’t require an “upgrade.” There are some things that are just fine as they are. And we’ve got much bigger fish to fry these days.
Rebecca Benston is the owner of Higher Ground Books & Media and the author of over twenty titles currently available through Amazon and other outlets. Her books include a mystery series (The Rona Shively Stories), empowerment resources such as Wise Up to Rise Up, Don’t Be Stupid (And I Mean That in the Nicest Way), and From Judgment to Jubilee, children’s books including Grumble D. Grumble Learns to Smile, All the Scary Things, and See How Strong You Are. Benston lives in Springfield, Ohio with her awesome daughter, Mya and enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and telling it like it is. She enjoys being able to help other authors get their stories out there through Higher Ground and has recently expanded her freelance services to offer more extensive guidance as a writing coach and social media manager. For more information, you can contact Benston at email@example.com.
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My name is Rebecca Benston. I’m a Christian. I’m a woman. I’m a mother. I’m a writer. I’m a thinker. When I write fiction, I am usually writing a mystery series called The Rona Shively Stories. My P.I. character, Rona Shively is feisty, fearless and fabulous and is usually caught up in something she doesn’t want to be caught up in. In addition to this series, I also have a blog called Higher Ground for Life. Through this blog, I’m hoping to reach women or anyone who is seeking to develop a relationship with God and give them inspiration to get out there and follow His path for their lives!
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