Words as selfie, photobomb and unfriended are very common nowadays. Yet, these words didn’t exist a couple of years ago. Social media is changing our language. We even create new verbs like Googling and tweeting for example. We created new ways of communicating, by using emoticons and acronyms such as LOL, BRB, OMG and so on.
Another phenomenon we see nowadays is the re appropriation of existing words. Like the word friended or unfriended. Thanks to Facebook these words have an entirely different meaning than they had before.
You could say that language changes over time, and that this change is similar to the changes back in the days.
I’m wondering whether this change in language is similar to the changes before, or that this change in language will have a major influence on the way people see the world, and even make the world dumber.
This is a meme created by a parent. Her son saw a bird outside, and instead of saying ‘oh look it’s a bird’, he said ‘oh look it’s a Twitter’. This example illustrates the problem we might be facing with social media. On the other hand, you could call this a funny mistake.
So my question to you is; in what terms has social media changed language, and could this be a (future) problem for the way we speak to each other.