Communications Communicating Properly Through Social Media Presentation
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Name: Andrew Thawng
General Purpose: To encourage people to communicate properly through social media
Specific Purpose: To encourage people in forming complete phrases when exchanging
information and to encourage them to avoid the use of abbreviations for this impacts the formal
In our world today, the use of social media has given a large number of
advantages to everyone. From the time we wake up to see the current events
that are trending today on the social media, to capturing photos of our food to
post on our social media accounts, to sharing our location to our friends on social
media, to capturing photos and videos of the people we are close to and keep
them as a memory in social media, up to the time we work and try to catch up
with our boredom by exploring our social media. These are just some of the
things a person would normally have once he/she is linked to social media. Some
the people would say that social media has a different effect on them or on the
people they know such as having poor sleep, fatigue, negative thoughts on their
body image, anxiety, depression, or even cyberbullying, and this was tackled in a
forum discussed in the Netsweeper (2021). It has also been discussed in forums
that people specifically students are connected in a way that they are not when
social media is non-existent before. It can be visualized in a way that social
media has given both positive and negative impacts. Social media had led us to
connect to our peers and opportunities for learning. But on the downside, there
are also negative impacts that might challenge the users of social media. One of
the most remarkable effects of social media is the confusing effect of using
abbreviations when communicating and thus it may affect both the sender and
the receiver in which if these abbreviations are used in a default way, most of the
listeners might misinterpret the flow of the conversation, as well as the senders,
might be used to using abbreviations that might even affect the way they speak
and they write specifically to students and professionals who are being practiced
to speak formally and in a form of academic writing.
Reason to listen
There is various use of social media but how can we be able to keep in
mind that it might affect us in several ways? It’s no surprise that our true social
lives are evolving, including 80 percent of teenage Internet users patronizing
social media platforms. While a few families are concerned about a world filled
with poor language and spoken textspeak, the majority of evidence indicates a
more positive future. The utilization of social media necessitates some particular
changes, but that also offers us an entirely new manner of communicating.
Writing, according to Association for Psychological Science (n.d.), which was
formerly a lonely activity, has evolved into a profoundly sociable mode of
communication. Often these people used to write to connect even before the
Web. With a single comment, we can now influence hundreds or even thousands
of viewers. We look to seeking laptop offers with wireless access in mind so that
we may remain connected and engage with such a huge audience at any time.
This has strengthened our writing talents rather than diminishing them. Blogging,
as an example, can assist individuals to strengthen their language skills.
Interpersonal boundaries are swiftly broken down by social media. Individuals will
publish stuff to their Facebook profiles that they’ll never call countless people to
discuss over the telephone. Whenever we see our colleagues in person, all those
little details offer up a whole new realm of discussion possibilities. With the
ubiquity of messaging and the availability of phones, the possibility is that you’ve
been with somebody who was almost there however not quite there. Even now in
social situations, it’s not surprising that people are hooked to their phones. If you
can’t think of a moment when this has occurred to you, you might have been the
perpetrator. We’re not any less social, but we’re more preoccupied. Thus, this
affects the way we communicate and the way we interact in the real world
different from the virtual world we had.
It was also discussed in a study that abbreviations are far too ubiquitous
in scientific writing and are almost always unneeded; this should have been
enough to discourage responsible writers from using them. They can be
confusing and alienating to unaccustomed listeners in many circumstances,
sometimes well different writers may misjudge an audience’s knowledge with
abbreviations. While abbreviations should not be fully avoided, they should not
be seen as a standard. Most abbreviations are useless, and thoughtful authors
would choose to substitute them with the important words that lurk beneath them.
Thesis (one statement)
As people get involved in social media and are hooked to using abbreviations for
context and communication, they start being used to it and often forget the
essentiality of good communication through academic speaking and writing.
So how can we possibly look for a solution to this? Even for experts, technical
writing is specialized and can be hard to understand and comprehend. Why
complicate things by reducing utterances to abbreviations? The remedy is
simple: each time you are using an abbreviation, you need to write it out.
Moreover, it was discussed in an article released by Storm (n.d.), that the urge to
utilize as few letters as feasible is at the basis of most, if not all, distinctions
between conventional English and text message slang. Text messages were
usually limited to 160 characters, at first, thus reducing sentences were
frequently the only way to get what you intended to mention into the text.
Furthermore, in an attempt to save words, writers may delete non-essential
components of phrases, such as articles, or remove punctuation or spaces.
Lastly, to expedite writing, any caps can be skipped. These behaviors may be
carried over into other areas of life, resulting in a gradual loss of punctuation and
grammar capabilities. Abbreviations are intellectually difficult for the viewer and
might lead to confusion. Inadvertently alienate a group of people. We may greatly
improve our conversation by replacing existing words that they represent. The
area of psychology research is striving more toward transparency in its research
methods. While we’re at it, let’s think about how we can make our language more
available and transparent.
Restate thesis (write this out)
So to restate the thesis, “as people get involved in social media and are hooked
to using abbreviations for context and communication, they start being used to it
and often forget the essentiality of good communication through academic
speaking and writing,” how can we possibly live with both abbreviations and
learning to deal with them in keeping the idea of formal communication and
writing specifically in an academic form.
Since we are part of the transforming and evolving world, we need to be able to
understand how massive will be the difference between the previous and
traditional context we have for writing as a standard to the current changes we
have in the new world. As part of this change, we need to classify ourselves as
also changing in terms of learning and communicating, and therefore, we must
also think of the people who might have to deal a hard way with this evolving
change in communication. More importantly, we need to understand that our
academic writing as a tradition must always be part of our world and that the
standard we have for it will not change therefore we need to keep ourselves in a
barrier that will separate us from the abbreviations we use informally and to the
conversation and writing we need to consistently form formally.
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Alienating the audience: How abbreviations hamper scientific communication. (n.d.).
Association for Psychological Science – APS.
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ADVERSE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL NETWORK
▪ Technology-mediated communication has
revolutionized human communication by offering
cost-effective and flexible ways of human
interaction and socializing
▪ Social media refers to an online form of
communication (Abbas et al., 2019).
▪ Social media support textual, verbal, and non-verbal
▪ Social media is shown to significantly impact written
communication, since text-based messages are
commonly used than even verbal communication.
▪ This prompts the need to assess the impact of social
media on formal writing communication.
The use of social media in human communication begun in early
21st Century with advent of social media platforms.
Social media has significantly changed human communication
Social media has increased accessibility of information among
various audiences and thus promoted its usage in business
marketing as well as in the education sector.
The English language is commonly used in social media since it
is considered a formal language in numerous countries around
The use of informal writing styles in social media is seen to have
potential impacts on formal writing, including affecting student’s
ability to effectively write and express themselves formally in
English (Songxaba and Sincuba, 2019).
CURRENT ISSUES ON ENGLISH
Currently, most students and teachers as well as companies have adopted the
use of social media to enhance communication at school and business settings
Some social media features, such low word limit and use of emojis, influence
formal writing issues, such as use of abbreviations
This has led to everyday use of abbreviated words as well as informal
sentence structures that enhance informal communication on social media.
The repeated use of informal English writing styles is likely to affect their
English formal writing skills where students’ ability to write formally is
affected, especially those learning English as a second language.
The negative impacts include:
Inability to effectively write formally due to high amount of contact with informal
The extensive use of word shortening and abbreviations on social media
Systemic structural and grammatical errors in written communication
▪ Nevertheless, English writing on social media is also shown to positively
affect formal writing skills through:
Improving an individual’s English vocabulary
Promoted self-learning and improvement in English
Increased a user’s ability to seek information and learning
The use of social media is shown to have both positive and negative formal English
Clearly, social media has a negative impact on formal English writing skills among its
users, especially students and individuals learning English as a second language.
Despite of the positive impacts of social media in written communication, it is important
that informal and formal English writing styles are clearly distinguished in order to
enable students still maintain their formal writing skills despite their extensive exposure
to informal written communication through social media.
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