When you ask a teenager what they spend most of their time on, most likely they’ll tell you social media. Social media has many benefits, such as being able to communicate with others around the world immediately with the click of a button. However, individuals would rather send a quick text message filled with slang words, instead of picking up a phone and having a meaningful conversation with them.
Every week there seems to be a new trend circulating around the media, which ultimately changes the syntax of a certain word and makes them adapted by modern society (Schroeder). When individuals talk with others in person they tend to use the different phrases they viewed on social media, which affects their writing skills and the ways they talk.
In order to voice our ideas and share our experiences, we use the power of language to present them. If someone is scrolling through their feed they may read a story someone typed up, but feel a whole different way after reading, since they translated it into their own language (Ghosh).
Our formal writing has been affected by slang words because it’s made the sentences we write shorter and shorter, as a result of the way we write on social media sites. When we go to post a story or comment we often have a word limit, which is where the use of slang words gets used more frequently. When we spend all day online for hours at a time, it gets more challenging to talk to people in general (Lytle).
Overall, social media is affecting our language and writing skills more frequently nowadays, which is having a big impact on our writing skills.
Ghosh, Amitav. “The Importance and Power of Language.” Serendip Studio, serendipstudio.org/exchange/eco-literacy-2014/jessica-bernal/importance-and-power-language.
Lytle, Ryan. “How Slang Affects Students in the Classroom.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, www.usnews.com/education/high-schools/articles/2011/06/13/how-slang-affects-students-in-the-classroom.
Schroeder, Scott, and Scott Schroeder. “Media Theory & Meaning Systems (CCTP-748).” Media Theory Meaning Systems CCTP748, 2 Feb. 2015, blogs.commons.georgetown.edu/cctp-748-spring2015/2015/02/02/the-evolution-and-power-of-language/.Tags: language RHS