We usually associate technology with education because you need to be “educated” in order to be able to use the technology. The irony in all this is that with mobile phones being as much as a necessity as the clothes on our backs, they are the one technological aspect that are causing a rift in the development of language. Instant messaging has led to people using abbreviations for literally every word in the English language. The problem here is that we become so accustomed to using these abbreviations that it translates into our daily vocabulary and even in our written work.
This may not affect adults as much as it affects the youth of today. And it’s useless to try to relay this message to the teens of today because it is a known fact that ALL teens DO NOT like to be told what to do or how to do it! There must be a way to salvage the importance of good grammar, spelling and general vocabulary. But how? Even the way we talk has been altered in order to shorten sentences. No one has the time anymore!
I thought about this for the longest time and the thing with an ever-growing technological industry is that we have to figure out creative ways of integrating the old with the new. For example, to be able to keep our vocabulary in check, we have to read. And reading has become more of a task than a hobby for today’s youth. However, magazines never go out of style. And I believe if we manage to include an article here and there, even in the most simplistic magazines such as gossip and entertainment magazines; should have a few articles that put to use words that we do not usually apply to everyday life. The dictionary is FULL of a million words for one meaning! It is a universal understanding that visual stimulation paired with words and sentences stimulates the mind and allows us to remember better.
It’s sad that we forget how important it is to have a wider knowledge of words because we’ve failed to acknowledge how much better we could express what we actually MEAN! Maybe that’s why there’s so much turmoil in the world today! Every other day some politician says something, it gets blown out of proportion, and so-and-so politician has to reappear and ‘apologize’ and try, once again, to explain what they ACTUALLY meant! So if even the politicians- the people who are meant to represent and lead the nations- are struggling with expression, what does that mean for the rest of us? It means it’s time put in that extra effort of perhaps learning ONE new word everyday? And try not to abbreviate it! Then maybe communication will be able to return to its true essence! What use is a mobile phone if you don’t even know how to say what you want to say!