Is Social Media a Learning Tool for English Language?

Amna Habib

Amna is an ardent reader along with being an amateur poet. She finds it indispensable to deliver her notions as frequently as she can. This compelling motive acquainted her with elocutions. Regarded as an uber-nerd, she is an art lover too and a science fanatic where she bagged laurels representing her science projects.

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The predominant factor which has a huge impact on adolescents of this vogue and high-technology epoch is undoubtedly social media.

 

Initially, the sole and whole purpose of the introduction of the applications was to facilitate the multitude and serve as an association, linking friends and families. However, over the years, the purpose of the initiative seems astray and we, the commoners and avid internet surfers seem cuddled up in ignorance and falling victims of unconsciousness.

 

Rewinding the reign of Shakespeare and Dickens, so on and so forth authors who did justice to the language and left volumes of comprehensible knowledge and grammar alike with pre-eminent vocabulary. The discrepancy that is evident when we juxtapose the writings of the past and the present exhibits confound differentials. Owing to the enormous wave of tweets and posts- where we fail to comply with the trivial rules of the English language, it is then we realize that gradually we are drifting from our roots: headed askew. Some ignoramus part of the population senses no need to be eloquent in an exotic language: negating the truth that English serves as a medium for propagation of any culture and gives one a high chance to deliver their notions on national and international forums.

 

Social media is deteriorating the youth’s language skills in concealed trickeries we fail to discern. We cannot rely on the deceiving yet alluring and enticing text we come across when we are scrolling through facebook’s timeline. Nor can we rely on the false grammar and abbreviations which have no concrete foundations and are merely fabrications of an ideal mind. All of the lessons learnt during the grammar and literature periods go down the drain when one reckons they need to pursue the trend and flow followed by their peers which makes them look cooler. The reality is quite the contrary. Also, we cannot differentiate between slang and formal words hence; the use in our writing makes it sound inappropriate. Forget about proper grammar, when we don’t know where to end our sentence with a full stop-if it were not for auto-correct each of us knows our stance on trifle spellings.  Once we get accustomed to the language rampant on social media, it is exasperating to find a way out of that pit.

 

I am an ardent user of the innumerable applications and perhaps infamous at some extent too. Be it Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Tumblr, Instagram and many more on their way contributing to their share of linking the masses. The conclusion drawn from my observations is simple: we are indulging in a frenzy of trends that is ebbing our language skills and this aggravating spree will continue to flourish unless the epiphany is noted.

 

Undoubtedly, social media is playing a pivotal role in everyone’s life but the harm being done is inevitable. Let us not drift away from the foundations laid by the sophisticated ancestors and restore the values of the exotic language.

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