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Is social media changing the way we speak?

It's no secret that the internet and the rise in popularity of social media have revolutionised the way we do business, but are these advancements in technology also changing the way we speak?

According to an expert, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter could be making young girls talk in a way that is considered short, to the point and even "aggressive".

Marie Clair from the Plain English Campaign in the United Kingdom – an organisation dedicated to eradicating jargon in public documents and making sure that information is clear and concise – spoke to the Daily Mail about the changing language.

"Young people's language in general is becoming more direct in comparison to their parents and the business community because of the communication channels they're more familiar with," Ms Clair explained to the Mail (June 29).

She said that this change is more noticeable in young girls because they typically speak and communicate more often than males.

Ms Clair also explained that this may make certain young women sound "more aggressive" – but she emphasises that this is not intentional.

"That's perhaps why they come across as being more aggressive. It's not intentional. Curtness tends to be short, sharp and to the point. But it's a fine line between being curt or aggressive and being straightforward," she said. 

While this opinion may need further investigation and clarification, it does raise an interesting point, not just for young girls but also for adults communicating in the business world.

With the rise of email and social media marketing in the workplace, many people turn to their computers to start a conversation with their clients and communities.

Even interactions between staff are often dominated by email, instant messaging and Skype phone calls.

It would be interesting to see whether this has an effect on the way we speak in the work environment.

If you are interested in this topic, you may want to read this recent blog about the importance of balancing social media time with face-to-face meetings.

Posted by Jess O'Connor