Is Social Networking A Different Language?

6 Apr

I have chosen This writing assignment.

Instruction:”Some professionals believe the language we use on social networking sights is different from everyday language. They say this because of the words like g2g, ttul that we use on a consistent basis over text messaging, aim, and Facebook messenger. Write a short paper on this topic. Be sure to include some of the saying we use, which one’s you understand and don’t understand, and most of all discuss if social networking language is in fact different from our every day language.

At first instruction says, “g2g” but I don’t understand what g2g means, so I checked on the internet.
and I found out this page.
You can know a lot of internet slang words in there.(and eventually I understood g2g means gotta go.)

Actually I use internet slang a lot.for example I know,
w/= with.
lol=Laughing Out Loud.
BTW= by the way.
asap= as soon as possible.
cuz=because like that.
(by the way, when I saw lol first time, I thought two ‘l’s are hands and ‘o’ is head and I misunderstood that lol means hands up).

Those are very comfortable because some of SNS have a word limit like twitter. In twitter, you can type only 140 words, so if you write long sentences, you need slang in order to make it shorter than usual. Also, I use those slang when I take a note. when I have to take a memo from lecture and professor dose not write anything on the blackboard, I use slang because I can not write everything as fast as professor’s speech. So, we can make good use of slang in your own life. And I don’t think this is not different from the language which is used in our real life. 2=to 4=for u=you r=are, are based on pronunciation. When we look at the word form, that’s totally different, but as long as those are based on primary word’s form or pronunciation, we can not say those are different.

However, It has a big problem. Spelling. I make a tons of misspelling, look at my previous sentences, probably you can find so many mistakes out from my articles. slang is not the only reason why I (people) make a misspelling, but it could be one reason and that might be a big problem for the future. SNS are really popular now, and children use SNS and they use slang. Children will have a misspelling more than people who do not use internet slang.

TWIT, thx 4 reading my post 🙂
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3 Responses to “Is Social Networking A Different Language?”

  1. fengshui0 April 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    I completely agree with you on the correlation between misspellings and slang. Although I don’t usually misspell many words, I have read some of my friend’s papers and I would identify all the spelling errors. It is convenient to replace actual words with slang but that would be pose a big problem when used in say, thesis papers or newspaper articles.

  2. lockmantuj April 8, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    I agree with you that the convenience that using these slang and shorthand words in social networking settings comes at a price in terms of ability to spell words. I’ve also heard of students such slang words in papers they hand in for school assignments.

  3. Paul April 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    I feel like schools need to do a better job of teaching spelling, period.

    I’ve met a lot of people with ridiculously bad spelling who can’t blame it on social networks. My dad is also a notoriously bad speller, but luckily I’m more like my mom.

    If I don’t know how to spell something I always try to note the auto-correct so I won’t make the same mistake in the future.

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