Effects of Facebook Communication on Teenagers
With the wide spread use of Internet and cyber communication the world has turned Into a global village. Millions of people are connected with each other via Internet and its mainstream connecting engines. In the present century where internet has spread to almost all the corners of the world and keeps growing exponentially, the number of people using it has grown exponentially. Earlier it was only adults and professionals who used it business purposes but today a vast majority of its users is the age group between 13-20 I. E. Teenagers.
Because of this thriving community of managers staying in touch through social sites the English language has been globalizes as well. Backbone; currently the most popular social networking site (with 845+ million active users) was launched in February 2004 and very soon after its launch became immensely popular. With its fun features as uploading pictures, making wall posts, comments, auto-notifications, groups, pages and applications it is most popular with teenagers along with Twitter. According to statistics there were 901 million monthly active users at the end of March 2012. 80% percent of the users are from outside USA and Canada.
Backbone is available in more than 70 languages. (newsroom. Feb.. Com) Taylor Thomas writes gives statistics about teenagers on Backbone as: Amongst the teenagers between the ages of 12-17 93% communicate through online resources, 63% go online everyday and 43 % of teens say that If they had parents observing them, or In their friend-list they would change their online behavior. He has also he stated that an average teen has apron 201 friends. Http://backbone-parental-controls-review. Developmental. Com/30-statistics-about- teens-and-social-networking-HTML The use of English continues to diverge in many ways.
People from different social that may be understood by the people from that particular group but not by outsiders. Impersonating which is commonly referred to as posing on Backbone became very popular around 2009. The teenagers made their Backbone accounts with celebrity names and started projecting themselves as the prevailing heartthrobs (Singers, TV Artists, Movie actors). Backbone is full of poser accounts of Deem Lavabo, Selene Gomez, Taylor swift, Kristin Stewart, Robert Patterson, Justine bibber, David Architectural, David henries, Emma Roberts e. T. C.
Pretending to be famous demands a certain kind f linguistic behavior, A person who cannot use proper English and is unaware of the abbreviations and slang in popular use gets caught very easily and is not successful at posing. When posers connect with other posers they learn various words and also their English improves. They tend to use correct/ standard grammar, punctuation, spelling and cases. Role playing is more recent as compared to Impersonating, on Backbone Role player accounts basically allow the users a certain kind of freedom to use whatever language they want, upload the photos they desire.
In real accounts the youngsters re usually bound to add limited and known number of people. They cannot use offensive, abusive or vulgar language, because of parental check or social image. But on role play accounts they have the freedom to do whatever they want because they are liberated from the social restrictions. They are free to hide or reveal their identity. Role player accounts are usually termed as fake accounts.Facebook has played a vital role in promoting the slang and the newly coined words.
Although they might have emerged somewhere else, but are made popular by consistent use over this site. And people who do not use Backbone might not know what these words mean. For example the people who do not use Twitter might not know what RAT (Rewet) DMS (Direct message), DOT(Donated Tweet) mean. Similarly those people who are not aware of the language used on Backbone might not know what does YOLK (You only live once) SWAG (stylish) GOT (get the buck of means. Since Backbone is regularly used by the teenagers, their language is equally influenced by the constant use of this social website.
Observations have shown that the language teenager’s use on Backbone is totally different from the one they use in al life affairs. Also slang is frequently used along with code words that teenagers have invented to keep their conversations private. Have started using a language that would make them more popular and favored among the rest. In an effort to become ‘cool’ & ‘accepted’ the teen-language has been revolutionized. The researcher is going to point how it is a forefront of linguistic change in teenagers; their linguistic behaviors and communication skills.
Backbone recurrently uses slang and expressions that cannot be understood by the people who are not into the whole Backbone in-depth scenario. Many words and phrases are introduced by users themselves and hence can only be understood by their friends and entourage. Due to this, many slang dictionaries have been posted online which provide the others with meanings of the words that are used by regular Backbone users. (www. Castling. Com/terms/social_media) is one of the examples of such sites that provide a complete list of slang and other words that are a part of Backbone communication solely.
Also, it has been noticed that many teenagers who make Backbone accounts and communicate regularly on there, adopt a more refined and sophisticated manner of beech. Their vocabulary becomes more gracious, and cultured. On the contrary, it becomes more coarse and boorish for some. Same is the case with punctuation and cases. On Backbone the teenagers are usually more conscious about using proper punctuation and the correct cases. Many blobs and articles by parents, teachers, and adults can be found where they have shown their concerns regarding the current situation on Backbone in terms of language.