In his article “How Much Has Social Media Changed Society?” Gil Pizano states the following: “Social media allows individuals to gather and express themselves in a much more simple and immediate fashion. By giving people this capability, they not only have the ability to share ideas, opinions and other contents, but also (if they wish) gain notoriety, and expand their influence.” The evidence of this is undeniable but it raises the question; are the individuals aware that they may be revealing much more about themselves than they actually intend to?
After reading a number of online posts, it quickly became evident to me that there is a critical need for the continuing development of language and literacy skills. The effectiveness of a post depends on how engaging the post is and how easy it is to understand – the reader should be able to ‘get it’ quickly without having to interpret what the writer is trying to say.
Do we have the courage to acknowledge that the quick and easy communication styles of social media, text talk and internet slang eliminate the need to know how to spell and construct sentences correctly. Everyone knows what LOL means – larf, larph, laugh out lowd or loud – but please don’t SHOUT AT ME! You can use ‘like’ anywhere in your conversation and writing because you know, like, everyone, like, does it, like and you just do!
This poses another question; are we losing the skills and therefore the ability to express ourselves in a meaningful and interesting way? Some would argue that good language and literacy skills are just not that important anymore. I suggest that the opposite is true as the audience we reach in our social media posts and communications has grown enormously.
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