I live in the U.S., but I know that this community circles the globe, so I would like to know if this apparent trend in my country is also overtaking other countries. I don't know if this has always been the case, or if I am just "stuck" on it and consider it a trend, but I continue to be amazed at just how poorly so many people tend to write. I'm not talking about writers, but just teens and adults in general, those who have finished their primary and secondary educations. I am far from being an English snob, and I was never an 'A' student in that area, and all net-speak aside, it seems to me that there are far more people who genuinely write atrociously than those who used to be considered average. I feel like that bar of acceptable standards has taken a nosedive over the past decade or so. Do you think this is attributable to people not knowing any better or to them caring less? If you live in the U.S., what are your perceptions? If you live elsewhere, please tell me it's better there!