New Media Alpha-numeric Writing and Students’ Performance in School Essays


  • Goodluck Chigbo Nwode Department of Languages and Linguistics, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria
  • Monica Nnenne Okafor Department of English, Ebonyi State College of Education, Ikwo
  • Obinna Nancy Ngozi Akanu Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana


New media, Alpha-numeric writing, Performance, Essays


This study examines the effects of alpha-numeric writing through new media on students' performance in school essays, considering both positive and negative impacts. The primary data for this investigation comprise observations and essays from selected students at Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, and the College of Health Technology, Ngbo. Additionally, secondary data sourced from library and internet resources are utilized. The study employs a mixed-method approach, integrating content analysis and qualitative interpretative tools. The analysis reveals that many students unconsciously incorporate new media symbols, figures, and words (alpha-numeric) into their essays, leading to decreased performance due to errors associated with this writing system. Consequently, they lose marks for such blemishes, which adversely affects their academic performance. In conclusion, alpha-numeric writing is identified as a negative aspect of new media that impacts students' performance in essays and overall academics. The study advocates for continuous sensitization and guidance of students by teachers and parents as a solution.