The Impact of Social Media on Language

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I have chosen this topic to write about because of several reasons, I am a teenager who does occasionally use social media and utilize things like acronyms and emoticons. The next reason why I would like to write this is because, I personally have had people look down on me because of this and I have a personal interest in this subject as well. The reason why I have chosen this is because it is easy to say that social media has had a negative effect on language; therefore, I would like to create an essay that provides both sides of the argument as well as the evidence that the claims are based on. Before going any further, we must understand what is meant by social media. The definition of social media is websites or applications that are used to communicate with others over the net, either through social networking or any other means. Examples of social media include: Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr. The way that each site functions may differ, for example, Facebook is used to keep in touch with friends whereas Youtube is used to share videos with others. However, any websites or applications that allow the user to interact with other users are still considered social media. Firstly, it is very common for people to believe that Social Media has had a negative impact on the use of language by teenagers . This is because of a variety of reasons. The first being that communicating online is almost like a 'mid-ground between spoken language and written language for communication' [1] The term used for this is 'written-speak' or 'spoken-writing' [2] If young people are continuously using this form of communication, it may have severe ramifications on young people’s communication and literacy skills, as it can lead to the learning of... ... middle of paper ... ... healthy part of that revolution’ [17] 'She mentions that the way in which we use social media takes us back to the oral tradition, as it is much more conversational' BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/7410201.stm [18] the oldest example of texter he had found was an 86-year-old grandmother in the United States. Kim Beasley http://kimbeasley.com/2013/07/30/social-media-effects-student-writing-positive/ [19] Expressing thoughts – Social media allows students to express their thoughts like never before. [20] 'Teachers are finding that students can use the same process in writing in school' [21] 'Writing too fast' [22] Social media has increased the need for fast information. [23] Students are quick to post without revising or thinking about what they wrote. [24] Writing too fast increases errors and gives less time to think

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