The invention of the internet 20 years ago changed the world as we knew it. Thanks to the World Wide Web we can get things done faster. Shopping, entertainment, communication—all of these can be executed with the click of a button. The days of delayed gratification are dead. If a website takes too long to load or a file takes too long to transfer, we speedily move along to a better, quicker source. No more, tapping our toes with boredom in lines or waiting rooms. We can get work done and virtually fill those “black hole” minutes up with productivity, or plain old amusement in the form of online radio and videos.
Then, along came the internet’s most favored offspring: social media. Social media has rapidly grown from a nifty way to link up with others online to a universal form of communication. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In—all of these enable us to speak so much louder than we ever have before. These networks have created a global shift in the way the world communicates. As of the first of this year, Statistic Brain showed that over 700 billion minutes were spent per month on Facebook alone and each user spends, on average, about 15.5 hours there each month.
The abundance of social media sites has provided an outlet for nearly everyone to make their voice heard. What’s more, new social networking platforms are being introduced each and every day. Since, these advancements have altered the way people communicate; it is understandable that they have also drastically impacted the English language.
10 10. The Invention of New Words
9 9. Impact on Other Cultures and Languages
8 8. Our Memory has Improved
7 7. The Use of Periods
6 6. Other Punctuation Marks Replace Profanity
5 5. Communication Has Become More Concise
4 The Standouts are Obvious
3 3. We Have Become More Expressive
2 2. Our Words Reach a Larger Audience
1 1. Keeps Us on Our Toes
Finally, one of the major ways the adoption of social media into our everyday lives has impacted the entire world is by enabling us to steadily grow and evolve ourselves. As stated above, there is now an influx of information available on these sites today and the reach has extended to all internet users. People are able to stay up to date on trends in various industries, pop culture, their high school classmates, and the funniest videos posted on the web. Yet, they can continuously increase their vocabulary and knowledge base by having access to all this information, thereby making every person the potential curator of more fresh and interesting content for the whole world to enjoy.
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