Some claim language skills are often reflective of the environment in which an individual is raised, which seemingly leaves a child without financial security and responsible adult contact the most likely candidate for limited verbal skills as an adult. Others believe this scenario has been outdated by the increase of poor language skills disseminated by politicians, celebrities and members of the media. As these public figures may be the most influential voices, even among financially and educationally secure people, their words and ideas encourage similar language within the audience. The popularity of today's "sound-bites", short, catchy phrases meant primarily to attract an audience's attention, may deflect the significance of verbal skillfulness and meaningful expression.
Children born into large families have poorer verbal skills than children from small families.