Reading and spelling problems are not just a younger generation problem. I work with people who can't spell simple words. I work with people who can't write a sentence that makes any sense at all.
These guys are in their 40s to 60s.
I've always been an avid reader since I was about 10 years old. I try to use proper grammar, but I'm not perfect.
Kids today don't know how to spell because they rely on a computer to check. They don't read because they watch too much tv. This is a parenting problem.
Little girl at 4 has a better vocabulary than most adults. Not saying I'm a superb parent, but since she has been talking I have constantly corrected her and worked with her. My wife always yelled at me for it and when I'd use multi - syllable words with her. Now she knows then and uses them.
As for your problem with the people not reading your message and asking what you wanted probably wasn't a younger person. Probably a guy in his 40s.
Edited by toomanytoys84, August 30, 2014 - 09:37 AM.