Since I started using the Web in the mid ’90s, it’s been a really important tool for communication. My earliest interactive experiences with the Web were in chat rooms and with AOL instant messenger. Since the ’90s, the Web has grown…a lot…and provides so many new ways for people to stay connected that it’s hard to keep up. There are Facebook, Twitter, Google chat, blogs, Second Life, and the list goes on and on.
The increasing speed of communication and the increasing number of people joining the conversation has spawned a whole new language. Language is abbreviated to communicate faster and more efficiently. But the problem is that anyone not familiar with this language can find themselves lost on the web at times. It’s becoming more popular though, and it seems like you’re an outsider if you’re not up with the newest additions to the language.
With this openness of conversation, I wonder what it’s going to do to the future of language. Younger generations are getting more and more familiar with this language and using it in real life. This phenomenon raises so many questions. Will it get to a point one day when everyone just talks in acronyms and abbreviations? What’s going to happen to the structure of language? Are we going to have a new dictionary for this language? Will proper language be reserved for academics or will this new language permeate that area as well? Is language as we know it today going to become the old English of the future? How will this effect the way we process information? It will be very interesting to see where language goes from here.
BTW some think SSEWBA. BITD it was different. IRL we spoke words. But B4YKI, e/o was using acronyms. IMO, this will be BAU one day. JM2C, but IANAE, I’m def a NOOB. OMG I’m SITD. If you didn’t understand what I just said, SG4IT. GL.
Submitted by Bahar Rostami, a student in Elon University’s Interactive Media Master’s Program.