Ignore the warnings, because spending your life on social media might actually be doing your literacy levels a favour.
A researcher has done us all a favour and managed to find a link between social media use and language complexity.
Ivan Smirnov, from the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, studied the social media posts of almost one million people on a Russian social media site called VK over nine years.
By analysing word lengths, he found that people who spend years posting online begin to use more complex language.
Also, the overall language complexity of posts on the social networking site is constantly increasing – the paper says this can’t be explained by ageing alone, because “15-year-old users in 2016 wrote more complex posts than users of any age in 2008”.