Impact Of Social Media On Our Language

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Anannya Sahani
Jun 09, 2019   •  27 views

Social media is incessantly moulding our lives in a manner that we aren't consciously realising it's impact on us. The notions, mindset, fashion, work and language are constantly shaped by what we are exposed to on digital platform. The manner of interaction here is very different from real life interactions making it difficult for us to cope up with the changes while shifting among the platforms. Life has taken an altogether different shape which is beneficiary and strange at the same time. One of those strange impacts is the way it has shaped our language. The grammar, vocabulary and most importantly the style of writing is different from the manner it takes place on any other platform. The various new styles and shortcuts used on a daily basis has unconsciously programmed us to go with the unofficial manner first when we compose anything in English. The various informal abbreviations, strange formulation of sentences, quirky styles are relevant and interesting on social media. But beyond that it isn't acceptable. The exposure generation Z has to social media is comparatively higher than the previous generations which thus has further increased the impact of social media on their language. It's difficult to formulate sentences and complete words due to the way of interaction we are used to on the social media. It's indeed, interesting the way changes have taken place on masses. The advancement of digital technology in the last decade has formulated these ways of interaction which has made forging an interaction on a formal as well as composing an art via means of language challenging due to the alterations in our language. Despite the challenges, the influence it had on us over a decade is magnanimous. The exposure as well as interaction has created several new words and expanded the vocabulary. Development of emojis, gifs and stickers have enriched our interactions and allowed us to be more expressive. The quintessential hashtags on every digital platform have made the expression brief and impactful. Social media has also given a much bigger platform for the expression of our art and allowed us to connect to each other more efficiently and easily. If one wonders on to the threat of social media to English language then it is inevitable to realise the drastic impact on our grammar and writing skills, far more adversely than the vocabulary. The worst impact is often youngsters don't have a connection to language anymore after school which makes it far more worse as the only thing left out where one is exposed to the language are digital platforms raising high concerns of the alarming shape of language taking place all over the globe.

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