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Facebook, Twitter effecting the way we socialize

According to this very interesting news, published in the Global Post, social networking platforms Facebook and Twitter are making teenage girls come across as more aggressive. Language employed by the users (consumers) of  social media is becoming shorter, sharper and more “to the point,” Marie Clair, from Britain’s Plain English Campaign says. As a result, the many teenage users have less time to deliberate carefully over their words, and can come across as curt, straightforward and even aggressive when speaking to one another and adults. The change is more noticeable in girls than boys because they communicate more frequently, Clair has said.

Social media have effected the way we socialize and communicate. Not too much, but yes, much has been written about how social media is effecting our language and social skills, our behavior and interactions with others.

English actor and film director Ralph Fiennes has also said that social media like Twitter is eroding our modern language and diluting it “so that the sentence with more than one clause is a problem for us, and the word of more than two syllables is a problem for us.”

A teen in socialtimes writes – “it irritating that many teens cannot go for longer than ten minutes without checking their Facebook pages before having withdrawal symptoms, but it is even more frustrating when they can’t even go half as long as this without mentioning the site”.

As per another Guardian report in March this year, reported a research finding that – People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly. This research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships. The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site’s public walls and changed their profile pictures more often.

In a recent survey in India it was found there is a considerable increase in young people using social media platforms like twitter and facebook. Twitter pushes individual to discover new words and acronyms of their own, to fit in 140 characters, which requires mental maths to decode the message and hence a new language which is point to point. Carol Craig, a social scientist and chief executive of the Centre for Confidence and Well-being, said young people in Britain were becoming increasingly narcissistic and Facebook provided a platform for the disorder.

A number of other studies have also linked narcissism with Facebook use, but this is some of the first evidence of a direct relationship between Facebook friends and the most “toxic” elements of narcissistic personality disorder.

In its research site Microsoft writes, “a large portion of language found in user-generated content is in the Informal English domain — a blend of abbreviations, slang and context specific terms; lacking in sufficient context and regularities and delivered with an indifferent approach to grammar and spelling”. (In context of organizing a workshop)


  1. Alex Jones
    June 30, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Lots of people forget that human communication is 97% non-verbal, so that all which is left is the 3% on Facebook and Twitter.

  2. July 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Alex’s “97% non-verbal” comment got me into thinking more about the impact of emoticons on status updates/comments… I’ve been meaning to look into it more. Any thoughts?

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