Impact of Social Media on Language

The social media platform has undeniably affected every aspect of our daily lives in this quickly changing digital world. Social media platforms like Instagram, X, and Snapchat, have changed the way we interact with one another. It has impacted people in different ways, such as buying products, making friends, or dating. Due to social media, people came up with emojis and new slang to express themselves.

Social media language is a term used to describe the vocabulary and writing style that has emerged from social media. This language is specified by its conciseness, short words, and informal tone. In many ways, the social media language has become the identity of the present generation.

With the rise of social media, the way people speak and the words they use has rapidly changed. Social media influences the way people interact with each other. The use of abbreviations, slang, acronyms, and emojis is usual nowadays. It has also given rise to new words that never existed before. The language used on social media has evolved. It has become a cultural norm now. The words used on social media are not limited to social media sites only, but people use them in their personal and professional lives while communicating with one another. Acronyms like BRB (be right back), IFk (if you know), LOL (laugh out loud), OMG (oh my god), and words like Rizz (Charisma), dank (excellent), and cap (lie), have become part of the personal and professional lives. While the younger generation is quite familiar with this language, the older generation is having a little trouble understanding it but is getting better at it.

The turn this digital age has brought has unquestionably transformed language by making it more inclusive, expressive, and dynamic. To navigate this shift in language, people need to understand the importance of social media on language and accept it while being aware of its challenges.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle )
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