Q&A: Social media and language

Question: Will our language change when we are using social media so much?

Answer: Yes, all languages are always developing and evolving. Now when we share a huge amount of content online the way we write is changing. Is this good or bad? Well, it’s just the way it is. Our languages have changed many times in history and how we are communicating is also shifting.

Online we can blog, tweet, update, share photos, ‘check in’ and share our mood. What we write is not edited by an expert, and the content is developed on the go all the time when we are out and about. Some spelling mistakes slip through and many people are horrified that we destroy the correct language.

Who owns the right to say what’s the correct way to use a language? It’s users I would say. All dictionaries are updating it’s issues all the time and they are trying to keep up-to-date.

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