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StudySoup, a research group, conducted a survey that studied the writing skills of college students across 20 different universities. The survey suggested that more than half of these students were writing below a 12th grade level. Researchers believe that these lower writing skills have a strong correlation between the increase of engagement with social media apps, and the decrease of engagement with paper publications. In either case, the rise of social media apps are, and will continue, influencing the app-driven culture we live in.
That said, there are plenty of other software apps that strive to improve both reading and writing; for example, Microsoft released numerous software updates to its Office 365 products. One of these updates included an editor function that assisted with proofreading. Similarly, the Hemingway app offers an editing function that is not only prominent in proofreading; but moreover, provides a virtual feedback system that checks the semantics, clarity and readability of sentences. On the whole, the Hemingway app may serve as a relatively useful tool that supports academic, research and professional writing.
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