Impact of Digital Media on Languages

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Media Alters Language Slang and vernacular always modify the language of their concurrent generation. This has been true since well before recorded language. In the modern historical moment, young people have nearly constant access to social media and technology which allows them to be in ever-present communication with peers. Texting and instant messaging present a new type of vocabulary and indeed a whole new system of writing which is dependent on acronyms and abbreviated language. The question that many researchers are asking is whether or not the media of technologies is impacting the way students communicate and what impact this speak has on their overall language skills. From personal experience, it seems evident that there is a decided impact on the language of young people who have developed into adulthood while being exposed to media. Some researchers argue no, such as N. Baron who performed an experiment on college students and found that out of 11,718 words that were messaged instantly, 121 were media-influenced terms, abbreviations, or acronyms (42). However, this research was conducted in 2009. In the ensuing three years, the average age of first-time cell phone owners has dropped considerably as is the age of first-time social media users, such as kids who create Facebook pages. The prevalence of media speak has spread beyond instant messaging and texts. This type of language can be seen on clothing, school supplies like backpacks, and even in serious
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