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How Social Media Usage Is Negatively Affecting Spoken and written English Of Nigerian Students

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How Social Media Usage Is Negatively Affecting Spoken and written English Of Nigerian Students

– Kehinde Ayeotan

How Social Media Usage Is Negatively Affecting Spoken and written English Of Nigerian Students

How Social Media Usage Is Negatively Affecting Spoken and written English Of Nigerian Students

The way students communicate with one another through social media nowadays during chatting and texting is now affecting the proper usage of The English language and it now creeping into high school classrooms across the country.


Slang has been accused of ruining the English language as various words are steadily being replaced with simpler versions. Adjectives such as ‘fantastic’ and ‘disastrous’ are rarely heard and when they are, the speaker is often referred to as ‘posh’.


Even words like ‘yes’ are being lost in the masses of abbreviated terms, it is much more common to hear ‘yeah’ as an answer to a question. It is the concept of this that many are worried about. Often the people using these words will not adjust their vocabulary according to the situation.


In recent times, there have been lots of arguments Among Nigerian educationists on whether or not there is any effect of the use of slangs,  abbreviations and certain acronyms in text messaging and social media chatting on our English grammar.


An Acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of a name much like an abbreviation or text shortcut, for instance, acronyms like: “PAL” said to mean Parents Are Listening, to indicate to the chat recipient that they cannot talk at the moment because of the presence of their parents; “ LOL ” which means laughing out loud or which could also mean “ lots of love ” depending on the context, etc.


Slang terms and text-speak such as IDK (I don’t know), SMH (shaking my head), and BTW (by the way) have become a common sight on student assignments, befuddling some high school teachers who are unsure how to fix this growing problem.


Some teenagers have adopted other codes for chatting so that people who have no knowledge or did not understand the code will never know what they are writing, for instance, 143 means I LOVE You, 14233 means I WANT TO SEE YOU etc.


Many teachers and lecturers of English Language are lamenting on how text messages and chatting has affected the spelling abilities of the generality of students, especially in our Nigerian educational system.


This is true and it’s all over the world today and it all shows in our daily writing even among the adults.  The fact is that even if you think you know the right spelling for a word, as soon as you buy into the idea of text messages with short forms probably because you are lazy to type many words, or for the sake of being speedy enough to reply chats immediately, it saturates you.

You consistently use them and then the thoughts of them get proliferated in you. Whenever you call for the real spelling, your friends or colleague will laugh at you and say you don’t know the new style of chatting or as popularly called” social media terminologies”.

As you continue to subscribe to these media terminologies Sometimes when you are writing letters, articles, or in any write-up, you might forget to switch from social media mood of writing to normal English language rules.

Some of the short forms are as follow: AFAIK, As far as I know, A/S/L? Age/sex/location; B4N Bye for now; BFN Bye for now; BL Belly laughing; BRB Be right back; BTW By the way; BWL Burst With Laughter; CU See you; CUL See you later or CUL8ER See you later; DIKU Do I know you?; EOM End of message; EOT End of thread (meaning: end of discussion); F2F Face to face;

FAQ Frequently ask question(s); G2G Got to go; GA Go ahead; GAL Get a life; GOL Giggling out loud; HTH Hope this helps; IAC In any case; IC I see; IDK I don’t know; ILU or ILY I love you; IM Immediate/Instant message; OMG Oh my God; JIC Just in case; JK Just kidding; LOL Laugh(ing) Out Loud; LMAO laughing my a** out; LRF Little Rubber Feet (the little pads on the bottom of displays and other equipment) LTM Laugh to myself LTR Long-term relationship;

LULAB Love you like a brother; LULAS Love you like a sister; MUSM Miss you so much; POOF:: Goodbye (leaving the room); POS Parent over shoulder (change the topic); ROR Raffing out roud (English for “laughing out loud”); ROTFL Rolling on the floor laughing; ROTFLMAO Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off; ROTFLMAOWPIMP Rolling on the floor laughing my a** off while peeing in my pants; ROTFLMBO Rolling on the floor laughing my butt off…

When it comes time to writing professionally or academically, it is difficult to stop this habits from slipping into the work, as they have been patterned into the way we express ourselves and may seem normal to us but it’s not in any way normal. parents, guardians, teachers, and government must join hands together to find a lasting solution this academic problem.

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